News & Updates

ASISTA Practice Pointer: Correctly Identifying the Expiration Date of U Nonimmigrant Status (Updated February 8, 2024)

By Maria Lazzarino | Feb 15, 2024 |

Many practitioners report uncertainty about the date their client’s U status expires because the client has multiple documents defining the validity of their status. For instance, a U derivative may have: (1) the I-797 approval notice for the principal’s I-918, (2) the I-797 approval notice for their own I-918A, (3) a U-3 (or other derivative…

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ASISTA Celebrates USCIS Fee Schedule Rule as Victory for Immigrant Survivors of Violence

By Ahlam Moussa | Feb 9, 2024 |

Dear Members,        On January 31, 2024, USCIS published its Final Rule Adjusting the USCIS Fee Schedule. The new regulation, which goes into effect on April 1, 2024, is a significant victory for immigrants applying for survivor-based benefits. ASISTA and our partners pushed for the rule to be as expansive as possible in its humanitarian fee…

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Press Release: ASISTA Urges Senators to Reject Border Deal that Exposes Immigrant Survivors to Further Trauma, Hardship, and Violence (February 6, 2024)

By Ahlam Moussa | Feb 6, 2024 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 6, 2024 Contact: Cristina Velez, cristina@asistahelp.org ASISTA Urges Senators to Reject Border Deal that Exposes Immigrant Survivors to Further Trauma, Hardship, and Violence After months of opaque negotiations, a small group of senators released a bill on Sunday, February 4, 2024 that would eviscerate access to asylum, create a dangerous new…

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Claim Your 2024 Badge: I Stand With Immigrant Survivors! (January 31, 2024)

By Ahlam Moussa | Jan 31, 2024 |
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ASISTA Practice Pointer: Hot Tips for Using Service Center Hotlines and Supplementing Pending Petitions (Updated Jan. 22, 2024)

By Maria Lazzarino | Jan 25, 2024 |

This practice pointer synthesizes the current recommendations for using USCIS “hotline emails” for customer service inquiries on cases protected by 8 USC § 1367 privacy requirements, i.e., survivor-based relief applications. This project was supported by Grant No. 15JOVW-23-GK-05161-MUMU awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and…

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ASISTA Federal Policy Update (December 2023)

By Maria Lazzarino | Dec 22, 2023 | Comments Off on ASISTA Federal Policy Update (December 2023)

On December 22, 2023, ASISTA published an update of our federal policy activities from October to December of 2023, including legislative advocacy, stakeholder meetings and advocacy letters, submitted comments, and provided notification of upcoming deadlines for comments to form revisions, and an update regarding the final and proposed regulations for survivor-based relief expected in early…

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ASISTA I-485 Comment (11/7/2023)

By Maria Lazzarino | Dec 21, 2023 |

On September 8, 2023, USCIS published a revision of Form I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status greatly expanding the number and type of questions for applicants to complete. On November 7, 2023, ASISTA submitted a comment emphasizing the impact of these form changes on beneficiaries of survivor-based relief.

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Checklist: Initial Documents Immigrant Survivors May Need (Nov. 2023)

By Maria Lazzarino | Nov 16, 2023 |

This checklist suggests documents that social workers and advocates working with immigrant survivors may wish to help the survivors to gather. They may become useful for pending or future immigration application. Most people will not have all of these, but if your client has them, see if you can help obtain a copy.  This project…

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Press Release: ASISTA Welcomes New Board Members

By Ahlam Moussa | Oct 30, 2023 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2023 Contact: Kirsten Rambo, kirsten@asistahelp.org ASISTA Welcomes New Board Members ASISTA Immigration Assistance is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to its Board of Directors: Melissa Desgrottes and Derek Foran. Learn more about our new board members in our press release here.

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ASISTA New Resource: Top Ten Things Criminal Defense Attorneys Should Know About Criminalized Survivors (Oct. 9, 2023)

By Maria Lazzarino | Oct 10, 2023 |

When a noncitizen survivor faces criminal charges, their immigration prospects will be best preserved if their criminal defense attorney is well-informed about immigration fundamentals. This resource is designed to inform criminal defense attorneys and advocates of key immigration concepts and equip them with useful tips and resources to put them into action.

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New York Times Bestselling Memoirist Javier Zamora & Award-Winning Journalist Amy Goodman to Speak at ASISTA’s 15-Year Anniversary Celebration

By Ahlam Moussa | Sep 29, 2023 |

New York Times Bestselling Memoirist Javier Zamora & Award-Winning Journalist Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! to Speak at ASISTA’s 15-Year Anniversary Celebration  Join us on October 18th for our online celebration, Honoring our Past, Igniting our Future, to hear these two internationally-recognized luminaries share their wisdom and experience, inspiring us all in the fight for safety, justice, and dignity for immigrant…

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ASISTA Notes from USCIS HART Service Center Quarterly Engagement (Sept. 22, 2023)

By Maria Lazzarino | Sep 28, 2023 |

On September 22, 2023, USCIS held an engagement to provide an update on the Humanitarian, Adjustment, Removing Conditions and Travel Documents (HART) Service Center, which included a Q&A portion. These are ASISTA’s notes from that engagement.

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Press Release: Advocates for Immigrant Survivors of Violence Urge Governor Hochul to Sign Fair Courts for Immigrant New Yorkers Bill Into Law

By Ahlam Moussa | Aug 21, 2023 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 21, 2023 Contact:  Cristina Velez, cristina@asistahelp.org Yasmine Farhang, yasmine@immdefense.org Advocates for Immigrant Survivors of Violence Urge Governor Hochul to Sign Fair Courts for Immigrant New Yorkers Bill Into Law ALBANY, N.Y.— Over two dozen national and New York-based advocates for immigrant survivors of violence today called on Governor Hochul to sign…

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KCBX Radio Interview with ASISTA Executive Director, Kirsten Rambo

By Ahlam Moussa | Jul 21, 2023 |

KCBX FM Central Coast Public Radio recently sat down with our Executive Director, Kirsten Rambo, to hear about ASISTA and her recent trip to the White House for the launch of the US’s first-ever National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence. Listen to the interview here. 

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ASISTA Condemns Horrific, Inhumane Treatment of Migrants in Texas (July 19, 2023)

By Ahlam Moussa | Jul 20, 2023 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 19, 2023 Contact: Kirsten Rambo, kirsten@asistahelp.org ASISTA Condemns Horrific, Inhumane Treatment of Migrants in Texas As documented by the Houston Chronicle and other outlets such as The Guardian and CNN, a trooper-medic with the Texas Department of Public Safety expressed concern to his supervisor earlier this month about the inhumane ways…

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ASISTA Congratulates Rosie Hidalgo, Newly Confirmed Director of DOJ’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) 

By Ahlam Moussa | Jul 18, 2023 |

ASISTA is delighted to share that Rosie Hidalgo, a nationally recognized leader and expert on gender-based violence, has been confirmed as the new Director of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the Department of Justice (DOJ). Rosie’s decades of experience and deep expertise will be a tremendous asset to OVW and to the…

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ASISTA and Tahirih Justice Center letter re advocacy for health coverage for pending Us. (June 23, 2023)

By Maria Lazzarino | Jun 30, 2023 |

On June 23, 2023, ASISTA and Tahirih Justice Center submitted a comment to the Proposed Medicare and Medicaid Services rule that would extend health benefits under the ACA to DACA recipients, welcoming the change and advocating for inclusion of U petitioners prior to BFD/waitlist adjudication. Click here to access the letter.

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ASISTA Honors LGBTQIA+ Immigrant Survivors:

By Ahlam Moussa | Jun 22, 2023 |

Reflections and Resources June 2023 This Pride month and every month, ASISTA celebrates the resilience and bravery of queer and trans immigrants who journey to find safety, love, and self-determination in this country. We also acknowledge that these promises are not always fulfilled, and that LGBTQ+ immigrant survivors face multiple barriers to living free from…

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ASISTA FY2022 990 & Audited Financial Statements

By Ahlam Moussa | May 31, 2023 |

For more information on our mission, programs, and finances, here are ASISTA’s most recent year 990 and Audited Financial Statements.

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ASISTA Celebrates the Launch of US’s First-Ever National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence (GBV)(May 25, 2023)

By Maria Lazzarino | May 25, 2023 |

Click here to access release in PDF format. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 25, 2023 Contact: Kirsten Rambo, kirsten@asistahelp.org ASISTA Celebrates the Launch of US’s First-Ever National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence (GBV) ASISTA is pleased to be at the White House complex today to witness the historic launch of the first-ever National Action Plan…

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