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Webinar Presentations

  Creative Strategies for Outreaching and Working Effectively with Immigrant Survivors of Sexual Violence in the Workplace (Part I)
In light of immigration enforcement and the economic climate, now more than ever, immigrant women are vulnerable to experiencing sexual violence in the workplace. Across the country, immigrant-working women with and without work authorization are subjected to adverse working conditions and victimization at alarming rates. ASISTA, in collaboration with Futures Without Violence, Giselle Hass, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, and William Tamayo, Regional Attorney for the San Francisco Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), is offering a two-part webinar. Part I and Part II of this webinar will provide information and strategies for advocates to use in their work to combat sexual violence in the workplace and assist survivors. PART I During the first 1.5-hour session presenters focus on creative community organizing, screening and outreach strategies to identify survivors. This webinar also introduces basic legal remedies available. (June 24, 2013)
  Effectively Framing a U Visa Labor-Based Application
Gail Pendleton of ASISTA and Eunice Cho of the National Employment Law Project discuss best practices in framing U cases arising in the workplace, including: framing the qualifying crime, obtaining helpful certifications, identifying and presenting substantial harm and inadmissibility waiver arguments; and organizing your application to achieve success. The presenters also discuss strategies for responding to requests for evidence and tackling emerging legal and policy issues arising in this dynamic area of practice. (June 17, 2013)
  Legislative and Policy Updates: Celebrating and Mobilizing
Presented by ASISTA and Casa de Esperanza (April 15, 2013)
  Actualizaciones Legislativas y Pol ticas: Celebraci n y Movilizaci n
Presentado por: ASISTA y Casa de Esperanza (Abril 2013)
  Advanced Issues on U Visa Consular Processing
Information and strategies for how to address issues when presenting U visas for processing abroad. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation. (February 20, 2013)
  Building Collaborations to Help Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault
Webinar presented by ASISTA Co-Director Gail Pendleton with the National Family Justice Center Alliance. This webinar discusses updates on the U Visa process and means to collaborate to assist victims who apply. (February 2013)
  How to Get Your Client Out from Detention After an ICE Enforcement Action
Participants will be introduced to the procedures to request bond to the immigration court as well as explore potential arguments to release immigrant survivors from detention. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation (December 19, 2012)
  Immigration 101: An Introduction to the Immigration System
This webinar explains the basics of immigration law and how to better assist your immigrant client in general. Learn the basic concepts in immigration law, common immigration legal terms, an overview of the government agencies involved in making immigration decisions, and basic know-your-rights information for immigrant survivors affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and stalking. (December 17, 2012)
  Representing U Visa Clients with Complex Issues: Part I
The first part of the webinar will cover how to deal with inadmissibility issues and how to prepare the I-192 waiver. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation. (April 9, 2012)
  Representing U visa Clients with Complex Issues: Part II
This webinar will address how to deal with removal, deportation, final orders and reinstatement issues in U visa cases. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation. (May 14, 2012)
  Presenting Non-Citizen Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence (emphasis on Workplace Violence)
Co-Director Sonia Parras presented a training on Identifying domestic violence in your immigration cases. April 2016, Kansas City, Kansas.
  Lo que todo consulado debe de saber sobre remedios humanitarios para responder a las necesidades legales de los sobrevivientes inmigrantes/What every consulate should know about humanitarian relief to respond to immigrant survivors legal needs.
Esta presentación prepara a cónsules y personal del consulado a identificar en general los principales remedios humanitarios para sobreviviente. Así mismo, también capacita y prepara al personal a obtener informacion clave para determinar dichos remedios potenciales humanitarios/The information in this presentation aims to prepare Consuls and staff working at the consulate to identify in general the main humanitarian immigration remedies for immigrant survivors. It also offers information to develop staff capacity to obtain key information during their interview to determine potential immigration relief for survivors.
  Planeamiento de Seguridad Reforzado para Inmigrantes Sobrevivientes de Violencia Doméstica y Sexual
Webinario en espanol presentado por: Rosie Hidalgo, Casa de Esperanza; Sonia Parras Konrad, ASISTA; y Rocio Molina, Proyecto Nacional por la Defensa de las Mujeres Inmigrantes, Marzo 3, 2017
  Enhanced Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence
Webinar presented by: Grace Huang, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence; Rosie Hidalgo, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network; Leslye Orloff, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project; Archi Pyati, Tahirih Justice Center; and Cecelia Friedman Levin, ASISTA. February 24, 2017
  November 7, 2016: Webinar Series on Routes to Immigration Status for Non-Citizen Crime Survivors: "Intermediate VAWA and Selected Issues"
This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
  December 5, 2016: Webinar Series on Routes to Immigration Status for Non-Citizen Crime Survivors: "Advanced VAWA: Addressing Complications in VAWA Cases and Securing Lawful Permanent Residence"
This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
  February 6, 2017: Webinar Series on Routes to Immigration Status for Non-Citizen Crime Survivors: "Intermediate U Visa: Complicated Issues in Preparing and Filing a U Visa"
This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
  March 6, 2017: Webinar Series on Routes to Immigration Status for Non-Citizen Crime Survivors: "Intermediate U Visa: Bringing in Family Members Living Abroad and Preparing the Adjustment of Status Application"
This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
  April 3, 2017: Webinar Series on Routes to Immigration Status for Non-Citizen Crime Survivors: "Intermediate/Advanced U Visas: Overcoming Difficult Inadmissibility Issues, Obtaining U Visa Extensions, and Including Family Members at Adjustment"
This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
  May 8, 2017: Webinar Series on Routes to Immigration Status for Non-Citizen Crime Survivors: "Advanced U Visas: Responding to Requests for Further Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny and Challenging Denials"
This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
  June 29, 2017: Open “Case Rounds” for Basic Q & A on U Visas & VAWA Self-Petitions.
This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
 

Webinar Recordings

Beginner  = B      Advanced = A       Multi-level = M

  Training Law Enforcement Agencies on U Visa Certification
This webinar recorded by the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) and co-sponsored by ASISTA features Co-Directors Gail Pendleton and Sonia Parras discussing best practices and creative ways to reach out to, train and work with law enforcement agencies on U visa certifications.
  U Visa Discoverability - What to do? - February 2014 *A
Sponsored by the Family Justice Center Alliance, presented by Susan Breall, Wanda Lucibello, Jonathan Moore, Mike Agnew, and Gail Pendleton. This webinar explores different strategies about how to respond to U visa requests (or other immigration files) in criminal court and may apply to other legal venues as well.
  Enhanced Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence *M
Webinar presented by: Grace Huang, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence; Rosie Hidalgo, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network; Leslye Orloff, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project; Archi Pyati, Tahirih Justice Center; and Cecelia Friedman Levin, ASISTA. February 24, 2017.
  Planeamiento de Seguridad Reforzado para Inmigrantes Sobrevivientes de Violencia Doméstica y Sexual *M
Webinario en espanol presentado por: Rosie Hidalgo, Casa de Esperanza; Sonia Parras Konrad, ASISTA; y Rocio Molina, Proyecto Nacional por la Defensa de las Mujeres Inmigrantes, Marzo 3, 2017
  "Webinar Series on Routes to Immigration Status for Non-Citizen Crime Survivors"
This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The link includes the recording of the following webinars: November 7, 2016: "Intermediate VAWA and Selected Issues"; December 5, 2016: "Advanced VAWA: Addressing Complications in VAWA Cases and Securing Lawful Permanent Residence"; February 6, 2017: "Intermediate U Visa: Complicated Issues in Preparing and Filing a U Visa"; March 6, 2017: "Intermediate U Visa: Bringing in Family Members Living Abroad and Preparing the Adjustment of Status Application"; April 3, 2017: "Intermediate/Advanced U Visas: Overcoming Difficult Inadmissibility Issues, Obtaining U Visa Extensions, and Including Family Members at Adjustment"; May 8, 2017: "Advanced U Visas: Responding to Requests for Further Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny and Challenging Denials"; June 29, 2017: Open “Case Rounds” for Basic Q & A on U Visas & VAWA Self-Petitions.
 

Past Webinar Presentations

  Does my client need an I-192? (June 2011)
The I-192 form allows inadmissible non-immigrant applicants to apply for advance permission to enter the United States temporarily. Grounds of inadmissibility apply to anyone requesting admission into the country. Filing an I-192 may quicken the adjudication time.
  Assisting Victims of Violent Crimes in light of ICE Enforcement and Practices (June 2011)
This presentation provides a framework for understanding the intersection between the immigration and criminal justice systems. It focuses on how to effectively represent clients who encounter the criminal justice system, and outlines key ICE practices and programs within the criminal justice system.
  Representing Self-Petitioners and U Visa Applicants with Criminal Convictions (June 2011)
This presentation details criminal grounds of inadmissibility and deportability, as well as provides information on aggravated felonies, the "Good Moral Character" bar, categorical analysis, and convictions & sentences under immigration law.
  Advocating for Noncitizen Crime Survivors with Criminal Convictions (June 2011)
This presentation aims to outline key concepts for analyzing immigration consequences of criminal convictions.
  ASISTA Practitioner's Tips on VSC Advisals & Updates (Spring 2011)
This presentation provides an overview of U visa and self petition issues discussed with USCIS.
  Advanced Issues on U Visa Consular Process (January 2011)
This presentation details information on processing U visa applicants overseas, as well as provides strategies to the top challenges for consular processing.
  Naturalization PowerPoint from the American Immigration Lawyers Association (2011)
This presentation focuses on the process of naturalization, and specifically in the 'good moral character' requirement.
  Lo Que Todo Consulado Necesita Saber Para Asistir A Inmigrantes Victimas De Crimenes De Violencia (2010)
Esta presentaci n identifica a quien pudiera calificar para remedios migratorios legales para sobrevivientes de cr menes de violencia en EEUU, y identifica como el consulado puede ayudar.
  VAWA 101 and Inadmissibility Issues (September 2010)
This bilingual presentation reviews the basic requirements for self-petitioning under VAWA and introduces the basics of adjustment of status.
  U Visas after an Enforcement Action: Collaborating with Non-Traditional Law Enforcement Agencies (September 2010)
This presentation identifies non-traditional partners and their role in assisting immigrant survivors of crimes of violence in the workplace. It also addresses tips for networking and building allies and partnerships to address the comprehensive needs of survivors of crimes.
  Working with Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence (2010)
This PowerPoint presentation offers information ranging from how the immigration system works to listing other service providers. It also specifically emphasizes additional advocates around teh New York City area.
  Building Collaborations to help Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault & Trafficking
This presentation provides basic information for advocates who are unfamiliar with immigration agencies and laws.
  Representing Survivors with U Visa after an Enforcement Action
This presentation aims to improve participant's representation of clients in removal proceedings with U visa possibilities or applications. It also provides information on troubleshooting U visa certifications.
  Insecure Communities Webinar- DHS Q&A on Immigration Priority Enforcement
Frequently asked questions on the administration's announcement regarding a new process to further focus immigration enforcement resources on high priority cases
  Insecure Communities Webinar- Sample letter to Councilmember
Letter to councilmember from advocates, reiterating concerns in the city's compliance in Secure Communities.
  Insecure Communities Webinar- Protecting the Rights of Immigrant Survivors
This document provides a background of selected Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) programs and how they impact survivors' safety. This document also provides additional considerations for working with survivors against the backdrop of these policies. Finally, the outline provides some advocacy strategies when working with systems to help ensure safety for our communities.
  Lo que toda abogada o consejera debe saber sobre la Visa U y la peticion propia bajo la ley de VAWA
What advocates should now about the U Visa and VAWA. For bilingual advocates in Spanish. Entrenamiento para las consejeras bilingues
  Lo que toda abogada o consejera debe saber sobre remedios de inmigracion para sobrevivientes.
What Every attorney or counselor should know about immigration remedies for survivors. For bilingual advocates in Spanish.
 

Resources for Advocates

  Immigration Materials Packet
This packet provides a wide range of information, including Sec. 1513. Protection for Certain Crime Victims Including Victims of Crimes Against Women, how to outreach strategically, and how immigrants experience the legal system.
  Representing Survivors of Crimes of Violence Before or After an Enforcement Action
This outline has been developed to provide basic guidance on interviewing skills and questions needed to assess potential eligibility for U visa.
  (Unfair) Advantage: Damocles' Sword and the Coercive Use of Immigration Status in a Civil Society
Coercive use of immigration status in civil proceedings and negotiations is fundamentally unethical and potentially illegal. This article by David P. Weber argues for a more proactive approach in maintaining the perception of fairness and justice in civil proceedings for all parties, regardless of immigration status. Additionally, for both legal and lay persons, status coercion may constitute the crime of extortion, and this article establishes how status coercion in most cases fills the required elements of extortion.
  Guidance to ICE Attorneys (November 17, 2011)
This memo identifies those cases that reflect a high enforcement priority for the Department of Homeland Security. From the American Immigration Lawyers Association
  USCIS Memo on Case-by-Case Review of Incoming and Certain Pending Cases (November 17, 2011)
OPLA has been directed to begin a review of incoming cases and cases pending in immigration court. Each OCC must immediately review three categories of cases: (I) cases in which the Notices to Appear have not been filed with EOIR; (2) all cases on the master docket; and (3) all non-detained cases with merits hearings scheduled up to seven months from the date of issuance of this memorandum.
  Taller de Genero, Migracion y Empoderamiento de la Mujer
Presentacion en el Consulado de Mexico en Omaha, Nebraska (Abril 2016).
  Resources List
This Resources List includes information and useful links for: A) Immigration Basics; B) Rights and Access to Services; C) U visas; D) VAWA; E) Trafficking; F) Safety Planning and G) General Practice Resources.
 

Clients

  Do you have Problems at Home? Read about your rights in this country.
This booklet explains how you and your children can get help to survive the abuse at home.
  Tiene Problemas en Casa? Quiere Saber Mas Sobre Sus Derechos en Este Pais?
Este folleto le explica c mo usted y sus hijos pueden obtener ayuda para sobrevivir los malos tratos en el hogar y cu les son sus derechos con su compa ero, hijos, inmigraci n, etc.
 

Secure Communities, Etc.

  Insecure Communities Webinar- Proposed Amendment
This proposal amends Civil Immigration Detainer Requests in terms of reimbursement of costs and limitations on ICE investigative interviews, and county time or resources responding to ICE inquiries.
  Police and Immigration; How Chiefs are Leading their Communities Through the Challenges
This publication explores the role of six leading police departments in their communities' immigration debates, and how they navigated the challenges and pressures surrounding the immigration issue. Written by members of the Police Executive Research Forum. For more information: http://www.policeforum.org/about-us/staff-detail.dot?id=7870
 

Judges

  Ensuring Fairness and Justice for Noncitizen Survivors of Domestic Violence
This article will provide a comprehensive overview of issues facing the courts when noncitizens are petitioners, respondents, or both in domestic violence cases, including a discussion of findings that can be made for immigrant survivors of domestic violence.
  Continuing Judicial Skills in Domestic Violence Cases
This document offers basic training activities and information, such as basic glossary of terms, for judges.
  Insecure Communities Webinar- Example Court Policy, and letter from Judge
This policy clarifies that no immigration arrests will be made in court, and includes a sample letter from a Judge in King County, Washington.
  (UNFAIR) ADVANTAGE: Damocles' Sword and the Coercive Use of Immigration Status in a Civil Society
Coercive use of immigration status in civil proceedings and negotiations is fundamentally unethical and potentially illegal. This article by David P. Weber argues for a more proactive approach in maintaining the perception of fairness and justice in civil proceedings for all parties, regardless of immigration status. Additionally, for both legal and lay persons, status coercion may constitute the crime of extortion, and this article establishes how status coercion in most cases fills the required elements of extortion.
 

Federally funded programs and agencies

  New Language Access Video Available (Feb., 2012)
The Overcoming Language Barriers: Creating Language Access Policies, Plans, and Procedures video is designed to help federally-funded and federally conducted programs comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI) and Executive Order 13166 (EO 13166).
 

Sexual Violence Against Immigrant Women

  STOP Workplace Sexual Violence Guide
A brand new guide for advocates, organizers and leaders to advance immigrant women’s gender equality rights in the workplace
  STOP Workplace Sexual Violence Guide - Interactive Tool
Interactive Performance: A Tool for Learning, Advocacy and Professional Support
 

Consulates

  Lo que todo consulado debe de saber sobre remedios humanitarios para responder a las necesidades legales de los sobrevivientes inmigrantes/What every consulate should know about humanitarian relief to respond to immigrant survivors legal needs.
Lo que todo consulado debe de saber sobre remedios humanitarios para responder a las necesidades legales de los sobrevivientes inmigrantes/What every consulate should know about humanitarian relief to respond to immigrant survivors legal needs.
 

Survivor Safety Resources

  Template ICE letter for clients
Useful tool to enhance survivors safety in the new world order.
  Planeamiento de Seguridad Reforzado para Inmigrantes Sobrevivientes de Violencia Doméstica y Sexual
Webinario en espanol presentado por: Rosie Hidalgo, Casa de Esperanza; Sonia Parras Konrad, ASISTA y Rocio Molina, Proyecto Nacional por la Defensa de las Mujeres Inmigrantes, March 3, 2017.
  Enhanced Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence
Webinar presented by: Grace Huang, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence; Rosie Hidalgo, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network; Leslye Orloff, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project; Archi Pyati, Tahirih Justice Center; and Cecelia Friedman Levin, ASISTA. February 24, 2017.
 
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