Advocacy Update: New Survivor-Focused Amicus Brief Submitted in Fee Waiver Litigation

This week, ASISTA, along with our partners, submitted an amicus brief in the case Northwest Immigrant Rights Project v. U.S.Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. This brief challenges USCIS’s sweeping changes to fee waiver policies which limit access to critical immigration relief for immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes. 

ASISTA was joined in this brief by the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-based Violence (API-GBV), Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, Freedom Network USA, Futures Without Violence, Her Justice, the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence and the Tahirih Justice Center. 

We are grateful to and for the tremendous efforts of Gibson Dunn for their pro bono representation.  Special thanks to Stuart Delery, Katherine Marquart,  Laura Sturges, David Schnitzer, Cassarah Chu, Teddy Kristek, and Taonga Leslie for their diligent and thoughtful work.

Learn more about ASISTA’s fee waiver advocacy work here.