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august 2019 – Advocacy Toolkit: Tell Congress to Stand with Immigrant Survivors

August 27, 2019 - Seemingly every day, there is a new vicious assault on immigrant communities in our country. From the horrific tragedies in El Paso, Texas, and Gilroy, California to wide-spread raids in Mississippi at a company where immigrant workers had been previously threatened and sexually harassed. From an abusive partner telling a spouse that reaching out to help will lead to their deportation to DHS making it harder for victims of abuse to stay in the country while they apply for immigration protections. 

It is time to tell our Members of Congress they must act to protect immigrant communities and their access to safety and justice. 

ASISTA in conjunction with the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors created a toolkit for advocates who work with survivors of domestic and sexual violence. This toolkit can help advocates engage in local efforts to connect with their Members of Congress, while they are in District during August recess through September 8, to let them know that changes in immigration policies are harming immigrant survivors of crime, making them less likely to seek protection from abuse and seek immigration relief created for their benefit. 

Your local advocacy is key to creating critical advancements for survivors of violence. Access our toolkit and help us share it on Twitter.

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august 2019 – Speak out against harmful asylum ban

August 8, 2019 - In yet another attack on immigrant survivors, the administration announced in July the most restrictive asylum ban yet, barring anyone who approaches our southern border from receiving asylum, with few exceptions. The sweeping measure slams our doors to individuals, families, and unaccompanied children who are seeking safety, including survivors of gender-based violence. The ban further erodes legal protections and deepens the climate of fear that makes victims and witnesses afraid to report abuse to law enforcement which impacts all of us.

Making our nation’s asylum system more difficult to access makes it harder for immigrant survivors to seek safety and keeps them in harm’s way.

AIS and our Co-Chair organizations are all filing comments opposing this dangerous attack on our legal asylum process and we invite you to do the same. Help us ensure that asylum protections are not stripped away from those leaving everything behind in search of safety. Submit a comment today telling the U.S. government that you oppose the new asylum ban. Make your voice heard by Thursday, August 15 at 11:59 PM ET.

June 2019 – Speak out against harmful proposed rule that will evict immigrant families!

June 20, 2019: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has published a proposed rule that would prohibit “mixed-status” families from receiving federal housing assistance, endangering immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other gender-based abuses. For many immigrant survivors, the ability to leave and recover from abuse depends on whether they can keep themselves and their families housed and safe.

By prohibiting survivors in mixed-status families from accessing housing assistance, the HUD proposed rule could lead to family separation, prevent survivors from leaving abusive relationships or compel them back into abusive relationships, and put traumatized survivors and their children at risk of homelessness.

AIS opposes any efforts to restrict vital public housing assistance for immigrant families, including survivors. No one should be subjected to homelessness or a violent home as their only options.

AIS and our partners have developed tips, sample comment templates, and resources to help you join us in speaking out against the proposed rule and its harmful impact on survivors of violence. You have until July 9 to raise your voice on behalf of survivors - submit your comment today!

march 2019 – ACTION ALERT: Tell Congress to support VAWA 2019!

March 28, 2019: Every five years, Congress has an opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to ending sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking by reauthorizing and improving the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) based on emerging issues and needs voiced by survivors and the field. The Alliance for Immigrant Survivors (AIS) calls on Congress to pass a strong, bipartisan VAWA reauthorization that invests in increased evidence-informed prevention, enhances survivors’ access to safety and justice, and maintains critical protections for vulnerable communities.

On March 13, the House Judiciary Committee approved VAWA 2019 while blocking several harmful amendments that would have excluded certain survivors in our communities and weakened the bill. The bill now moves on to the full House which is expected to vote soon.

Now is your chance to speak up! Find out more and then tell Congress that it’s time to reauthorize VAWA. Together, we can create the strongest and most inclusive VAWA ever. Our communities are counting on us. Take action today!

january 2019 – call your senator to oppose bill that will harm survivors

January 23, 2019: This week, the U.S. Senate announced it will vote on two bills related to the government shutdown. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced a vote on the End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act. This legislation contains not only funding for a needless border wall, but also harmful attacks on immigrants that would keep safety out of reach for many survivors of violence, including children seeking asylum protections. The second vote will be a clean continuing resolution to reopen the government until February 8th to allow for federal employees affected by the shutdown to get paid and for affected programs to be funded as Congress works on longer term funding.

Tell Your SENATOR to Oppose Harmful Immigration Legislation. Here’s how!

december 2018 – Tell Congress to Reauthorize VAWA!

Amidst many pressing issues, the new Congress is preparing to reauthorize a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) with critical improvements to strengthen initiatives to end domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking, and to better address the needs of survivors. VAWA is vital to the safety of victims, survivors, and their communities; it cannot simply be checked off of Congress’ to-do list by changing the dates for existing funding, ignoring requests by countless survivors and direct service providers for Congress to do more.

Congress must act to reauthorize a strong, bipartisan VAWA that responds to the emerging issues and needs voiced by survivors and the field. Find out more, including helpful resources, and then tell Congress that it’s time to reauthorize VAWA and that we need to do it right!

Fall 2018 – Public Charge: Raise Your Voice & Submit a Comment

The Alliance for Immigrant Survivors (AIS) is concerned how the harmful Public Charge proposal will impact immigrant communities, particularly immigrant survivors of gender-based violence and their families, including children, who use public assistance programs to escape and overcome abuse. AIS is supporting the Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) campaign which has the infrastructure and capacity to respond to the rule change with collective force.

The extreme proposal would mark a significant and harmful departure from a longstanding policy in which the government has recognized that work supports like health care, nutrition, and housing assistance help families thrive and remain safe and productive. These essential programs that allow individuals to provide for basic needs will now count against the individual in deciding whether someone is likely to become a public charge. AIS is encouraging everyone concerned about this proposal to join tens of thousands of others and submit comments by December 10, 2018, before the proposal becomes final. Find out more and take action!