Litigation update in ASISTA v. Albence

ASISTA and Sanctuary for Families are excited to share that on March 18, 2021, Judge Jeffrey A. Meyer granted our joint motion to stay the proceedings in our ongoing lawsuit against ICE for 90 days subject to specific interim conditions.  ASISTA and Sanctuary for Families are represented by Protect Democracy and the Constitutional Accountability Center in this action. 

These conditions prohibit ICE from (1) denying a request for stay for U visa petitioners; (2) removing U visa petitioners; or (3) opposing a motion to continue for U visa petitioners during the 90 day period, with certain exceptions. ASISTA and Sanctuary for Families have provided a practice advisory to inform practitioners of the terms of the agreement and potential implications for representing U visa clients.

Please contact Amy Cheung ( or Pooja Asnani ( with any questions. 

Thank you, 

ASISTA and Sanctuary for Families


  1. Hugo Antonio Salazar Arzola on March 31, 2021 at 4:28 am

    What will happen to the ones have been deported and have a u visa pending like my self.i was obligated to leave the us with the excuse that I can continue the process of the u visa from mexico leaving my family unprotected

    • Maria Lazzarino on April 23, 2021 at 2:31 pm

      Hi Hugo, ASISTA provides training and technical assistance to immigration practitioners and advocates working with crime survivors. We do not provide direct legal services, nor can answers questions to individuals. Please check here for non-profit organization, some of them may provide affordable or maybe free services:

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