Resources

The Alliance for Immigrant Survivors (AIS) has developed and curated resources from our partners to help our community collectively defend and advocate 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.

The resources are listed below, separated by issue. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact info@immigrantsurvivors.org.

ALLIANCE FOR IMMIGRANT SURVIVORS (AIS) RESOURCES

AIS NEWS, ACTION ALERTS & MEDIA STATEMENTS

Media Release - Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Organizations Oppose Harmful Public Charge Rule | September 10, 2019
Over 40 of the nation’s leading organizations dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault filed an amicus brief supporting one of a growing number of lawsuits aimed at blocking implementation of the administration’s harmful public charge rule.

Media Statement: New Public Charge Rule Harms Immigrant Families and Puts Victims of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence at Risk | August 14, 2019
AIS strongly opposes the public charge rule which deters survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault from accessing critical protections they need to escape or recover from abuse.

Take Action to Support Justice & Safety for Immigrant Survivors | August 13, 2019
Information and action opportunities related to the Asylum Ban, Public Charge rule, and recent U-Visa guidance changes which add hurdles to protections for immigrant victims.

Media Statement: AIS Denounces Latest Attempt to End Asylum | July 17, 2019
AIS denounces dangerous new policy that will close our doors to refugees fleeing persecution and return them to danger.

Media Statement: The Alliance for Immigrant Survivors Denounces Administration's Increased Immigration Enforcement Arrests | June 21, 2019
The Alliance for Immigrant Survivors condemns any raids that separate families or endanger survivors of gender-based violence and their families.

Media Statement: The Alliance for Immigrant Survivors Applauds the House for Passing VAWA 2019 | April 4, 2019
Statement from the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors (AIS) on the passing of H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Act 2019, by the House of Representatives

ACTION ALERT: The House is voting on VAWA 2019 TODAY | April 3, 2019
Call your representatives to and tell them to vote YES on H.R. 1585, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, and NO on the motion to recommit!

How do recent changes in asylum policy impact survivors? | February 20, 2019
Learn more about the reauthorization of VAWA and how policy and legal changes around asylum are affecting immigrant survivors of gender-based violence.

ACTION ALERT: End the Government Shutdown & Oppose Harmful Immigration Bill | January 23, 2019
Take action and urge your senators to vote NO on the harmful immigration bill that will harm survivors’ access to asylum protections.

Congress must listen to survivors and advocates | December 12, 2018
Take action and tell Congress that it’s time to reauthorize the Violence Against Women act (VAWA)!

ACTION ALERT: Six days left to submit your public charge comment! | December 4, 2018
Submit your comment on public charge by December 10!

Ensure access to safety - Webinar: New USCIS Policy & Its Impact on Immigrant Survivors | November 27, 2018
Learn more about the Notice to Appear Memo & its effect on survivors

AIS Webinar: What’s Next for VAWA Reauthorization and the Immigration Provisions in VAWA? | November 26, 2018
Learn more about the immigration protections in VAWA & what comes next

Making survival more expensive | November 21, 2018
Take action on fee waivers for survivor-based protections!

Action Alert: AIS Statement on Asylum Rule & Ways to Take Action! | November 16, 2018
Take action & stop the Asylum Ban!

Protections that all survivors deserve | November 2, 2018
Take action on public charge, Flores Agreement & VAWA!

Believed, Protected & Respected | October 19, 2018
Welcome to AIS!

 

NATIONAL TASK FORCE TO END SEXUAL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ("NTF")

4vawa.org

Statement: National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence calls for unified efforts to end racism, abuse, and oppression and calls for legislation to curb gun violence | August 6, 2019

Ms. Magazine, Why Activists Fighting to End Sexual and Domestic Violence are Calling for Gun Control | August 6, 2019

Statement of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence on DACA, TPS, and DED

NTF VAWA FAQ

What Happens if VAWA Expires Information Sheet

Public Charge regulation harms immigrant families and puts victims of sexual assault and domestic violence at risk

Letter to Congress RE: The President’s Executive Order on Family Separation Fails Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Survivors

Statement of the National Taskforce to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Denouncing the Attorney General’s Decision in Matter of A-B.

Statement on Prosecution of Parents with Children

Letter on Termination of TPS Status for El Salvadorans

Statement of the National Taskforce to End Sexual and Domestic Violence in Opposition to the Administration’s October 2017 Immigration Blueprint

Statement RE: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) Program

Letter RE: Davis-Oliver Interior Enforcement Act

Letter to the Secretary of Department of Homeland Security to Protect Access to Safety and Justice for Immigrant Survivors of Gender-Based Violence

Statement on Proposals Seeking to Undermine Community Trust Policies

Statement Condemns the Detention of an Immigrant Transgender Victim of Domestic Violence in El Paso, and Calls for Her Immediate Release

Statement in Opposition to the January 2017 Executive Immigration Actions

Letter RE: S. 2146 “Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act”


PUBLIC CHARGE

IMPORTANCE OF VAWA PROVISIONS & SURVIVOR-RELATED PROTECTIONS

Elly Yu, Under Policy Change, ICE Deports Northern Virginia Mother While She Waits For Visa Decision, DCist | September 12, 2019

Statement on USCIS Policy Changes and Processing Delays | July 16, 2019 Statement to the Hearing of the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship

Statement from 76 National, State, and Local DV/SA programs on USCIS Policy Changes and Processing Delays | July 16, 2019

May 2019 Findings: Immigrant Survivors Fear Reporting Violence

2017 Advocate and Legal Service Survey Regarding Immigrant Survivors

Letter to USCIS Director Cissna: Fee Waiver Denials for Protections Related to Immigrant Survivors

American Immigration Council
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Provides Protections for Immigrant Women and Victims of Crime

Appleseed Network, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV) & ASISTA Immigration Help
Protecting Assets & Child Custody in the Face of Deportation: Chapter 5 - Considerations for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV)
Immigration Law Basics for Domestic Violence Victim Advocates

Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP)
Assisting Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence: Advocate’s Guide

Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
VAWA

Department of Homeland Security
Protections for Immigrant Victims Infographic

Futures Without Violence (Futures)
Violence Against Women Act

Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Immigrant Crime Fighters: How the U Visa Program Makes US Communities Safer

Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
U Visa/T Visa/VAWA

Legal Momentum
A U-Visa Factsheet for Advocates

National Domestic Violence Hotline (NDVH)
What is the Violence Against Women Act?

National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)
Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization

National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV)
Violence Against Women Act

Tahirih Justice Center
Tahirih Comments on Proposed Revisions to Fee Waiver Request Form

Tahirih Justice Center
Complaint re: Violations of due process by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

Tahirih Justice Center
An Open Letter to NBC4 Washington; Importance of VAWA

Tahirih Justice Center
Letter to Inspector General re: DHS Victim Information Notification Exchange (“DHS VINE”)

 

CONFIDENTIALITY

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV)
Comments on Proposed USCIS Fraud Tip Form

Tahirih Justice Center
Comments on Proposed USCIS Fraud Tip Form

UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES (USCIS) POLICY GUIDANCE

ASISTA, American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC)
Annotated Notes and Practice Pointers: USCIS Teleconference on Notice to Appear (NTA) Updated Policy Guidance

 

PUBLIC SAFETY & SAFE ("SANCTUARY") COMMUNITIES

ASYLUM AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

ImmigrantWomenToo.org

Updated Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Guidance Requiring Fair Process for Domestic Violence, Gang Asylum Claims at the Border

Tahirih Justice Center | January 2019
Statement on “Remain in Mexico” Policy

Tahirih Justice Center
Tahirih Comments on Asylum Ban

Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
Statement and Talking Points: New Protocol to Force Migrants to Wait in Mexico is Dangerous and Deadly

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
API-GBV Comments on Asylum Ban

Human Rights First
Statement: Trump Admin Policy Requiring Asylum Seekers to Remain in Mexico is Illegal

Court Decision in Grace, et al. v. Whitaker upholding the right of survivors of domestic violence and gang violence to seek asylum

ACLU Statement on Court Decision in Grace, et al. v. Whitaker

Tahirih Justice Center
STATEMENT ON ASYLUM RESTRICTIONS BARRING ANYONE WHO ENTERS THE U.S. FROM SEEKING ASYLUM EXCEPT AT A PORT OF ENTRY

ACLU, Human Rights First, National Immigrant Justice Center, Tahirih Justice Center, Womens Refugee Commission
Basics and Talking Points on Asylum Ban

Women’s Refugee Commission
Findings on Voters’ Attitudes toward Refugees and Asylum Policies

Women’s Refugee Commission
New Poll Shows Voters Support Access to Asylum for Refugees

Letter to Attorney General Sessions: Organizations Seek Revocation of AG Decision in Matter of A-B-

Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
Backgrounder and Briefing on Matter of A-B-

Center for Gender and Refugee Studies & Futures Without Violence
Toolkit: Take Action! Protect Asylum for Survivors of Domestic Violence

Tahirih Justice Center
Brief Analysis of Attorney General’s Decision in Matter of A-B-

Tahirih Justice Center
Talking Points on the Attorney General’s Decision in Matter of A-B-

Tahirih Justice Center
Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee re: Decision by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Matter of A-B-

Tahirih Justice Center
Brief Analysis of: USCIS Policy Guidance for Adjudicating Asylum Claims in Accordance with Matter of A-B-

Tahirih Justice Center
Statement in Opposition to H.R. 391 “The Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2017”


IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT

Philip E. Wolgin, Center for American Progress
3 Reasons Why the New Flores Rule Does Not Pass Legal Muster | August 2019

National Immigration Law Center (NILC)
Filing Immigration Enforcement Civil Rights Complaints for Violations of the “Sensitive Locations” Policy At or Near Your School (January 2019)

2017 Advocate and Legal Services Survey

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Freezing Out Justice: How immigration arrests at courthouses are undermining the justice system

American Immigration Council
The 287(g) Program: An Overview

American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
AILA Report: Cogs in the Deportation Machine

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
FAQs: Immigration Enforcement and Victim Services Programs

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
Advisory: Are Victim Services Programs Liable for Criminal “Harboring” When They Work With Immigrant Survivors of Crime?

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
Effects of Increased Entanglement on Immigrant Survivors

ASISTA Immigration Help & Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
What Can Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Organizations Do to Help Immigrant Survivors Affected by “Secure Communities” and Related Immigration Enforcement Programs?

Center for American Progress
How 287(g) Agreements Harm Public Safety

Immigrant Defense Project (IDP)
ICE in NYS Courts Legal Service and Advocates Survey

National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)
Policy Brief | The Real Alternatives to Detention

Tahirih Justice Center
Statement Opposing the “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” (H.R. 3003) and “Kate’s Law” (H.R. 3004)

Tahirih Justice Center
Brief Analysis of DHS & HHS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Apprehension, Processing, Care, and Custody of Alien Minors and Unaccompanied Alien Children

Tahirih Justice Center
Righting the Wrong: Why Detention of Asylum-Seeking Mothers and Children in American Must End Now

Tahirih Justice Center
Statement to House Appropriations Committee Opposing Increased Appropriations for Immigration Detention

Tahirih Justice Center
Statement on “The Protection of Children Act of 2017” (H.R. 495)

Women’s Refugee Commission
The Flores Settlement & Family Separation at the Border

 

ADMINISTRATIVE EXECUTIVE ORDERS AND RULES

Tahirih Justice Center
Brief Analysis of New Rule and Proclamation Restricting Asylum and Migration Through Southern Border (November 8 & 9, 2018) | November 9, 2018

Tahirih Justice Center
Brief Analysis of the President’s June 20 Executive Order | June 22, 2018

Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC) & Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)
Family Separation at the Border | May 30, 2018

Tahirih Justice Center
Summary of January 25 and 27, 2017 Executive Actions: Possible Impacts on Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence | February 2, 2017

National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)
Annotated Border Immigration Enforcement Executive Order | January 27, 2017

National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC)
Annotated Interior Immigration Enforcement Executive Order | January 26, 2017

Women’s Refugee Commission (WRC)
10 Things to Know about How Trump’s Executive Order will Harm Women & Children Seeking Protection | January 26, 2017

ACCESS TO SERVICES AND NEEDS OF SURVIVORS

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence
Advisory: How Do Recent HUD Proposed Rules About Verification of Immigration Status Impact Survivors of Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault?

Tahirih Justice Center
Nationwide Survey: A Window Into the Challenges Immigrant Women and Girls Face in the United States and the Policy Solutions to Address Them | January 31, 2018

Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
National Latin@ Network – Ensuring Access to Shelter and Services for Immigrant Survivors | October 26, 2017

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Letter regarding Federal Financial Assistance and Immigration Status | August 5, 2016