Working with Survivors at Risk of Removal

Sample Documents


Survivor's Safety Planning Resources


Stay of Removal


Federal Court Litigation

  New Tools for Furthering/Defending the Rights of VAWA & U Crime Survivors: Let's Go to Federal District Court!
Webinar presented by: Maria Baldini-Potermin, Maria Baldini-Potermin & Associates, P.C.; Cecelia Friedman-Levin, ASISTA; Geoffrey Hoffman, University of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic & Gail Pendleton, ASISTA.
  Amicus brief on Bona Fide EAD for U applicants
Many thanks to Celso Perez and Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt for crafting the brief for us, to Julie Carpenter of Tahirih Justice Center and our other core group drafters, and to all the organizations that signed on.

Challenging Survivor Removal in Immigration Court


Webinar Presentations & Recordings: Survivor's Safety

  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)
  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)
  Webinar Series Training (Pre-Recorded)
Helping Those Released form Family Detention: Asylum Options for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence
  Avoiding Detention and Removal for VAWA and U Survivors
Webinar presented by: Cecelia Friedman Levin, ASISTA Senior Policy Counsel; and Gail Pendleton, ASISTA Executive Director.
  Stays of Removal Webinar
Panelists: Audrey Carr, Director of Immigration and Special Programs, Legal Services, NYC; Cecelia Friedman Levin, Senior Policy Counsel, ASISTA; Mona Patel-Sikora, Directing Attorney, Immigration Center for Women & Children, and Gail Pendleton, Executive Director, ASISTA

System Advocacy

  Survey Reveals Impact of Increased Immigration Enforcement on Victims Experiencing Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Washington, DC (May 18, 2017) – On May 18th, seven national organizations – including Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (APIGBV), ASISTA, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV), National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH), National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV), and Tahirih Justice Center – working to end domestic violence and sexual assault released the results of the 2017 Advocate and Legal Service Survey Regarding Immigrant Survivors.
  In Defense of Organizing, June 2017
Federal investigations and prosecutions definitions and organizing best practices
  En Defensa de la Organizacion Politica, June 2017
Investigaciones y prosecuciones federales, definiciones practicas y recomendadas para la organizacion politica.

Federal Court Advocacy


General Safety Planning Resources


NGO Summaries


Know Your Rights Materials

  Know your rights ICWC-English
*ICWC thanks the National Immigration Law Center ( for compiling and providing this information. ICWC has add specific information for its clients*
  Know your rights ICWC-Spanish
*ICWC thanks the National Immigration Law Center ( for compiling and providing this information. ICWC has add specific information for its clients*

Screening for Relief


DHS Implementing Guidance and FAQ


Enforcement and Detention Resources- ICE Guidence


Executive Orders on Immigration




Executive Order Resources


VAWA Confidentiality


Other Useful Resources

  Challenging Sexual Violence in the Workplace
ASISTA Stop Workplace Sexual Violence Main Guide. This project is supported by Grant No. 2009-TA-AX-K009 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.
  Detained or Deported: What About My Children? Parental Rights Toolkit
The Women’s Refugee Commission published a toolkit for parents in 2014 that provides guidance on the following: Protecting parental rights when detained or deported; Making care arrangements for children; Determining if a child is in the child welfare system and participating in that system; Complying with a child welfare ordered reunification plan, Participating in family court proceedings; Reunifying with children following release from detention or deportation; Contact information for state child welfare agencies in all 50 states, Links to state-specific handbooks for parents with children in the child welfare system; Guidance on how to request appointed counsel in family court; List of states that provide court-appointed lawyers in family court, Instructions on applying for U.S. passports from detention; Contact information for adoption reunion registries; Contact information for child welfare agencies in Mexico and Central America.
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