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These notes include important information, especially regarding USCIS reaching the U visa cap and other updates and changes. Please check back to the ASISTA website for changes and updates
Tis the season of giving, please keep ASISTA in mind when you're feeling the holiday spirit!
Domestic violence is a pervasive problem that many social workers will encounter among their clients. It is important for social workers to know how to help their clients who have experienced, or are currently suffering from domestic violence.
This practice advisory addresses some of the factual scenarios and legal issues that may arise when seeking to suppress evidence unlawfully obtained at or near the border.
Notes and Practice Pointers from VSC Stakeholder Event on October 18, 2013.
Several advisories on topics such as systemic reform, enforcement, paths to legal status, access to courts, as well as practice tips and blogs.
ICE clarifies that they do not use information about immigrant families or household members that is obtained for the purposes of determining eligibility for health care coverage under the ACA.
In addition to changing the address with USCIS, you should also notify VSC directly if you have a case with them.
FRONTLINE and Univision partner to tell the story of the hidden price many migrant women working in America’s fields and packing plants pay to stay employed and provide for their families. This investigation is the result of a yearlong reporting effort by veteran FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman, the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley, and the Center for Investigative Reporting.
On August 23, 2013 a sign on letter with 135 organizational endorsements was sent to leadership at DHS to show the importance and urgent need of granting work authorization to survivors with pending VAWA, U and T visa applications.
Leading national experts and advocates for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking urge members of the House of Representatives and to endorse the following principles so that immigrant survivors of violence are protected in immigration reform.
"Self-Petitioning Under the Violence Against Women Act" This is a basic overview of the VAWA application, including eligibility requirements, evidentiary issues, benefits, how to address inadmissibility issues, as well as working with applicants in removal proceedings. Reprinted with permission. This chapter was originally written for the book, Family-Based Immigration Law: A Lawyer’s Guide (July 2013), published by the D.C. Bar Continuing Legal Education Program. For further information on the book and how to purchase, please visit www.dcbar.org/cle or call 202-626-3488.
This ASISTA practice advisory was created in response to reports of long delayed VAWA adjustment cases. In consultation with the Office of the CIS Ombudsman, this advisory contains updates in processing as well as some practice pointers to avoid and to address delays in the processing of your cases.
ASISTA's VAWA 2013 analysis and practice pointers with important contributions from several of our allies (see document for details). Please let us know if you have any further thoughts on how VAWA 2013 provisions may be implemented or interpreted most helpfully for survivors. We hope to provide input to USCIS as they draft regulations and, as ever, your feedback is welcome and essential.
Here is ASISTA's first bulletin written by staff attorney Hisham Leil. This bulletin has brief updates on developments in immigration law, not specific to survivors of violence, but that may affect them. We hope to provide these bulletins on a regular basis.