Resource Now Available on Introduction to Survivor-Based Immigration Relief (Jan. 2023)

ASISTA has prepared an introductory resource on survivor-based immigration relief for beginner practitioners and domestic violence and sexual assault advocates. The resource provides an overview of common immigration terms and the eligibility criteria for common forms of survivor-based relief, including U and T visas and related adjustment applications, VAWA Self-Petitions and VAWA adjustment, battered spouse…

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ASISTA releases Practice Alert on Abortion Rights for Immigrant Survivors: The Impact of Dobbs on Representation of Immigrant Survivors Seeking Reproductive Healthcare (Jan. 2023)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 12, 2023 Contacts:  Kirsten Rambo, kirsten@asistahelp.org  Cristina Velez, cristina@asistahelp.org ASISTA has released a practice alert for immigration and gender-based violence advocates and attorneys, regarding the impact of abortion restrictions on immigration status after the overturning of Roe v. Wade. Given the increase in abortion restrictions and threats of criminalization that have followed the U.S.…

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Letter to DOJ from anti-violence community (Dec. 2022)

ASISTA and the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors led a sign on letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland urging him to vacate and overrule three precedents that prevent immigration adjudicators from respecting post-conviction or sentencing relief granted to immigrant survivors under state and federal law.  The letter, which was joined by 68 organizations and 13 individuals,…

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ASISTA Welcomes New Senior Staff Attorney!

ASISTA Immigration Assistance is thrilled to welcome Rebecca Eissenova (she/her/ella) to the team. ASISTA members and friends will see Rebecca bringing her deep expertise to support our mission through training, technical assistance, practice advisories, and more. See more about Rebecca here.

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Letter from ASISTA to USCIS addressing mismatch between DHS employment authorization regulations and Social Security Administration (“SSA”) guidance

ASISTA wrote to the USCIS Office of Policy & Strategy and asked them to communicate with SSA about the mismatch between SSA’s policy on evidence of work authorization for U nonimmigrants who request Social Security Numbers (“SSNs”) and DHS regulations on employment authorization for U nonimmigrants.”

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Recommendations to the EOIR and BIA practice manuals (June 2022)

Recommendations for Updates to the EOIR Immigration Court Practice Manual and Board of Immigration Appeals Practice Manual, were submitted on June 7, 2022, by the following organizations: ASISTA Immigration Assistance, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, Freedom Network USA, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP), Ujima Inc., The National Center on Violence Against Women in…

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Statement on the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization Act of 2022 February 10, 2022

Yesterday, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Richard Durbin (D-IL), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2022. This important bill reflects a bipartisan consensus that the government needs to do more to prevent and respond to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. The bill addresses many…

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ASISTA Announces New Staff Attorneys

ASISTA Immigration Assistance is thrilled to welcome two new staff attorneys to the team. Lia will be working primarily with our private members, while Kelly will be working mainly with OVW grantees. Click here to learn more!

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