ASISTA's mission is to advance the dignity, rights and liberty of immigrant survivors of violence. 

Recent Updates


A week with Al Otro Lado

By neonadmin | March 19, 2019

by Cecelia Friedman Levin, Senior Policy Counsel I just returned from volunteering with the Border Rights Project at Al Otro Lado in Tijuana, Mexico.  At the end of each day, volunteers often shared…

New Form I-539/I-539A Published Today

By Admin | March 8, 2019

ASISTA drafted a short practice update on the newly published Form I-539 and I-539A. Read more about the grace period and the new biometrics requirements here.

Fee Waiver Case Collection

By neonadmin | March 6, 2019

ASISTA is collecting stories where fee waivers for applications related to VAWA self-petitions, U visas, T visas, SIJS and other humanitarian protections have been denied, including motions to reopen/reconsider and…


Working at the nexus of immigration and domestic/sexual violence survivor advocacy communities, ASISTA is uniquely positioned to identify systemic problems and advocate for change.


ASISTA provides multiple training opportunities throughout the year through our interactive web-based formats as well as in-person events.  To find more about our trainings, please click here.

Case Assistance

ASISTA helps attorneys and advocates work through complex problems in VAWA self-petitions, U and T visas and other forms of immigration benefits for victims of crime, including case liaison assistance to address problems with the relevant agency.

What Others Are Saying

A BIG thank you for all your help. The quick response most certainly had to do with your intervention. Again, I truly appreciate all you have done.

“A HUGE thank you to ASISTA for helping my U Visa clients who have recently & FINALLY been placed on deferred action status. The cases had been pending since 2012 and after they refused to reopen the cases sua sponte, I sought ASISTA’s help and it was well worth it! Thank you!”

Gail's emails are POWERFUL! My client's EAD has arrived - and it's been granted for two years! Thank you all so very much for everything you do, it makes a huge difference! Thank you!!

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