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 NEWSLETTERS AND ACTION ALERTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

PUBLIC CHARGE

IMPORTANCE OF VAWA PROVISIONS & SURVIVOR-RELATED PROTECTIONS

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”)

 

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

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

ACCESS TO SERVICES AND NEEDS OF SURVIVORS

Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network
National Latin@ Network – Ensuring Access to Shelter and Services for Immigrant Survivors

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

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