Special CLE Webinar: Serving South Asian Immigrant Survivors: Challenges, Opportunities, and Emerging Trends

May 07, 2024 2:00PM—3:30PM

Cost $30/attendee

Event Contact Maria Lazzarino | Email


Serving South Asian Immigrant Survivors:
Challenges, Opportunities, and Emerging Trends

Tuesday, May 7th, 2024, from 2:00-3:30 pm ET

(1-2:30pm CT/12-1:30pm MT/11am-12:30pm PT/8-9:30am HT)  


Our special guests will provide an overview of national trends and common legal challenges facing South Asian immigrant survivors in the United States. Following this overview, they will offer insights into the nuances of safety planning and access to benefits, including educational benefits, for noncitizen South Asian survivors impacted by lack of immigration status, the long wait for lawful permanent residence experienced by South Asian immigrants on employment-based visas, ongoing Islamophobia, and rising anti-immigrant rhetoric and state legislation. This webinar will also include a discussion of the successful advocacy efforts that resulted in the I-765V work authorization benefit for survivors of battery or extreme cruelty married to nonimmigrants in H, E-3, G, and A status, and the process for accessing this crucial benefit.

Intended Audience: Those who serve immigrant survivors in a professional capacity, including attorney and non-attorney advocates. The webinar will be presented in English language. 


  • Aparna Bhattacharyya, Executive Director, Raksha
  • Amrita Doshi, Executive Director, South Asian SOAR
  • Nisha Karnani, Partner, Antonini & Cohen Immigration Law
  • Cristina Velez, Legal & Policy Director, ASISTA

Note: An application for TX CLE credit (1.5 hrs) is pending. 

Webinar Cost: ASISTA Special Webinars are open to all who are interested in learning about these issues. These webinars are not free for ASISTA members or OVW grantees, and we charge all attendees a nominal fee to cover our expenses.

  • $30/attendee 

Questions: Maria Lazzarino at manager@asistahelp.org