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Order your ASISTA T-shirt Today!

Only 3 days left to get your ASISTA T-shirt or Sweatshirt soWE NEED YOUR HELP! 1. Buy one (or many) of our incredible shirts! They make a GREAT gift for your staff, friends, family, neighbors…anyone! ORDER NOW:https://www.customink.com/fundraising/tshirtasista2019 2. Follow ASISTA’s new Twitter page @ASISTAsurvivors! Every new follower who likes and re-tweets our t-shirt tweet by…

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Challenging USCIS harmful changes to fee waiver policy

In November 2018,  ASISTA fought back on harmful USCIS changes to fee waiver practices and forms.  USCIS is creating barriers to equal access to survivor protections, especially for survivors who have few financial resources of their own. ASISTA created a template comment for advocates to share how these damaging changes affect survivors, and you can…

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Do you have the right email addresses for the Hotline?

We have heard from the VAWA Unit at the Vermont Service Center (VSC) that some stakeholders may be reaching out to the VAWA Unit Hotlines using an incorrect email address, (e.g. sending an email to hotlinefollowupi918i914.vsc@dhs.gov, which is the wrong domain). Even when you reach out to the dhs.gov email, you may still receive an auto-response that your message…

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Joint Statement on Recent DOJ/DHS Report

ASISTA, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-based Violence, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network, and Tahirih Justice Center issued a joint statement to the divisive and inaccurate White House statement and DOJ and DHS report issued this week, which among other things, requires the agencies to report on acts of gender-based violence committed by foreign nationals. The administration’s…

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7th Circuit holds IJs have review of I-192 for U visa applicants

Many thanks, again, to Chuck Roth for NIJC for leading this effort. Baez-Sanchez reiterates the 7th Circuits findings in L.D.G. v. Holder, 744 F.3d 1022 (7th Cir. 2014), where it found that the BIA and IJs had (d)(3) waiver authority as to U visas.  The BIA later disagreed in Matter of Khan, 26 I&N Dec. 797…

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Advisory Committee Report on Family Detention

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Advisory Committee on Family Residential Centers (ACFRC) was established on July 24, 2015, and is comprised of experts in the fields of primary education, detention management, detention reform, immigration law, family and youth services, trauma-informed services, and physical and mental health. ASISTA’s Sonia Parras Konrad was appointed as a…

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