The Alliance for Immigrant Survivors (AIS) is a national network of advocates and allies dedicated to defending and advocating for policies that ensure immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and other gender-based abuses have access to life-saving protections that all survivors of violence deserve.
AIS coordinates the Immigration Subcommittee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF). The NTF is focused on the development, passage, and implementation of effective public policy to address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The NTF comprises national leadership organizations advocating on behalf of survivors, service providers, and community organizations across the country dedicated to making sure that all survivors of violence receive the protections and services they need and deserve. By coordinating the work of the Immigration Subcommittee, AIS ensures that the needs of immigrant survivors are addressed in policy initiatives and efforts to end sexual and domestic violence.
The Alliance for Immigrant Survivors (AIS) Co-Chairs:
The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
ASISTA Immigration Assistance
Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
Tahirih Justice Center
Please see below for more information on the Co-Chairs and contact opportunities.
CECELIA FRIEDMAN LEVIN
ASISTA IMMIGRATION ASSISTANCE
ASISTA Immigration Assistance is a national non-profit dedicated to advancing the dignity, rights, and liberty of immigrant survivors of violence. ASISTA provides centralized assistance and a clearinghouse of information, best practices, and analysis of immigration matters to help attorneys and advocates navigate complex legal problems to better advocate for immigrant survivors of crime.
Cecelia Friedman Levin is the Senior Policy Counsel at ASISTA. In this position, Cecelia focuses on policy work, technical assistance, and trainings related to immigration remedies for survivors of violence. She brings years of experience serving as an advocate - providing direct legal representation to low-income immigrants and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as advancing federal and local protections for survivors of abuse.
To contact Cecelia, please complete the contact form below.
CASA DE ESPERANZA: NATIONAL LATIN@ NETWORK
Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network mobilizes Latinas and Latino communities to end domestic violence and other forms of abuse, engaging in both local and national initiatives. Casa de Esperanza’s National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities is a national resource center that provides training & technical assistance, research, and policy advocacy. Casa de Esperanza serves on the Steering Committee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF) and has been involved in efforts to reauthorize and implement the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and advance other national policies with a focus on preserving and enhancing protections and access to safety and well-being for marginalized populations.
Rosie Hidalgo has worked in the movement to end domestic violence for twenty-five years as a public interest attorney and as a national policy advocate. She serves as the Senior Director of Public Policy at Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network, leading and coordinating the organization’s policy advocacy. Rosie engages stakeholders across the country to advance policies that meet the needs and realities of Latina and immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, including the need to improve protections and access to resources for all marginalized communities.
To contact Rosie, please complete the contact form below.
ASIAN PACIFIC INSTITUTE ON GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV) is a national resource center on domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence in Asian and Pacific Islander communities. It analyzes critical issues affecting Asian and Pacific Islander survivors; provides training, technical assistance, and policy analysis; and maintains a clearinghouse of information on gender violence, current research, and culturally-specific models of intervention and community engagement.
Grace Huang serves as the policy director at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, where she coordinates the legislative, administrative and court-system advocacy to address the needs of Asian and Pacific Islander and immigrant survivors of violence. Grace has advocated for justice and safety for immigrants and for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault for over 25 years through direct services and policy advocacy at the local, state, and federal levels.
To contact Grace, please complete the contact form below.
TAHIRIH JUSTICE CENTER
The Tahirih Justice Center is a national non-profit organization that aims to end violence against immigrant women and girls through free, holistic direct services, policy advocacy, and training and education. Tahirih serves survivors of abuses such as domestic violence, sexual assault, female genital mutilation/cutting, human trafficking, “honor” violence, and forced marriage. Since Tahirih opened in 1997, its staff has helped over 25,000 women and children access justice. The organization is headquartered in the greater Washington, DC area, and also has offices in Atlanta, Baltimore, Houston, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
As Chief of Policy at Tahirih, Archi Pyati oversees the organization’s efforts to build upon U.S. laws and policies so that immigrant survivors of gender-based violence can access safety and justice. Archi coordinates Tahirih’s impact litigation, media outreach, and administrative and legislative advocacy. Archi practiced law on behalf of immigrants, asylum seekers, and survivors of violence prior to joining Tahirih.
To contact Archi, please complete the contact form below.