News & Updates


By Maria Lazzarino | Nov 19, 2021 |
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Immigrants Path Podcast – The Humanitarians: Enabling Justice for Immigrant Survivors of Violence

By Ahlam Moussa | Nov 9, 2021 |

Check out ASISTA Executive Director, Kirsten Rambo and Senior Legal Counsel, Amy Cheung on the Immigrants Path Podcast! The Humanitarians: Enabling Justice for Immigrant Survivors of Violence:

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ASISTA Weighs in on Barriers to Benefits for Immigrant Survivors (Oct. 18, 2021)

By Maria Lazzarino | Oct 21, 2021 |

On October 18, 2021, ASISTA submitted a comment to DOS in response to a Request for Public Input identifying barriers that impede access to immigration benefits, fair and efficient adjudications of these benefits, and recommendations on how to remove these barriers. We focused our comment on the challenges immigrant survivors and their derivatives face when consular processing. Thank you to our…

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The ASISTA’s White House Listening Session recording is now available!

By Maria Lazzarino | Oct 14, 2021 |

On October 4, 2021, ASISTA hosted a White House Listening Session to share insights and recommendations to the White House as they develop the U.S.’s first National Action Plan on Gender-Based Violence. Click here to access the session recording & here to access the presentation materials. 

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ASISTA Announces Successful Resolution of Albence Litigation

By Ahlam Moussa | Sep 22, 2021 |

ASISTA is proud to report that our litigation against ICE has come to a successful resolution. The case was brought by Protect Democracy and the Constitutional Accountability Center on behalf of ASISTA and Sanctuary for Families. The litigation challenged the unlawful policy, established by then-acting director of ICE Matthew Albence, that made it easier to deport…

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Afghanistan Resources

By Maria Lazzarino | Aug 26, 2021 |

ASISTA does not provide direct legal services. However, we compiled some resources and we hope the information below, with associated links, will be helpful. Staring Monday, September 13, 2021, the Tahirih Justice Center’s Afghan Asylum Project will provide information, referrals, and asylum legal screenings for Afghan citizens who recently arrived in the U.S. through our…

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In Case You Missed It (ICYMI): August 24, 2021

By Maria Lazzarino | Aug 24, 2021 |

As usual, there have been several important policy and practice updates over the last few weeks. From a new ICE directive on victim-centered approaches, to litigation updates, new calls for examples and stakeholder engagements. Read more about some of these updates in our latest edition of ICYMI here.

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New ASISTA Policy Alert, Q&A on ICE Directive: Using a Victim-Centered Approach with Noncitizen Crime Victims (Current as of August 23, 2021)

By Maria Lazzarino | Aug 24, 2021 |

On August 10, 2021, ICE issued a new agency directive superseding guidance from 2019 regarding stay of removal requests and removal proceedings involving U visa petitioners (hereinafter “Directive”). The Directive outlines new policies and procedures regarding exercising prosecutorial discretion for victims of crime, including those eligible for victim-based immigration relief (including VAWA self-petitions, U and…

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ASISTA Job Opportunity

By Maria Lazzarino | Aug 9, 2021 |

Position Description: Legal & Policy Director (Full-Time)

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Albence Practice Advisory: Stay Extended through July 2, 2021

By Maria Lazzarino | Jun 22, 2021 | Comments Off on Albence Practice Advisory: Stay Extended through July 2, 2021

The stay in ASISTA v. Johnson (formerly known as ASISTA v. Albence) has been extended through July 2, 2021 while the parties continue discussions regarding an additional 90 day stay. Our practice advisory has been updated accordingly. 

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ICYMI – Important Policy & Practice Updates, June 2021

By Ahlam Moussa | Jun 18, 2021 |

June 2021 ICYMI As usual, there have been several policy and practice updates over the last few weeks, from new ICE guidance, Supreme Court decisions, a flurry of new updates from USCIS, some important consular processing information from NVC and a consolidated guide on CDC COVID travel restriction exemptions from CBP. Read more about these…

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ASISTA Statement on New Path to Work Authorization for U visa petitioners

By Admin | Jun 14, 2021 |

June 14, 2021 ASISTA applauds USCIS’s policy alert announcing work authorization for U visa petitioners who present a bona fide case. This policy will help alleviate the myriad barriers that victims and their families face as a result of the significant processing delays in the U visa program.  Currently there are nearly 270,000 individuals with…

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Updated Practice Alert Regarding Certain U and T After-Acquired Cases (June 11, 2021)

By Maria Lazzarino | Jun 11, 2021 |

The Ninth Circuit’s decision in Medina Tovar became final on May 2, 2021. The Court held that after-acquired spouses of U visa petitioners are eligible to “accompany or follow to join” the U-1 petitioner through the I-918A petitioning process. ASISTA, CLINIC & ILRC’s new Practice Alert includes the latest information on how and when to file…

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105 Organizations Call on Senate to Strengthen Protections for Immigrant Survivors in VAWA 2021

By Admin | Jun 4, 2021 |

Last month, the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors (AIS) sent a letter signed by 105 organizations to Senate leadership to strengthen protections for immigrant survivors in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) 2021. For over 25 years, VAWA has served as a rare example of how a bipartisan Congress can protect survivors and strengthen their ability…

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It’s Time for a #MeToo Reckoning in Immigration (April 26, 2021)

By Maria Lazzarino | Apr 26, 2021 | Comments Off on It’s Time for a #MeToo Reckoning in Immigration (April 26, 2021)

ASISTA Senior Policy Counsel Amy Cheung in Ms. More Than A Magazine, A Movement, weighting in the article “Abuse exists across many industries and institutions, and low-income people of color are particularly vulnerable. This is especially true in the context of immigration”. Read here the full article.

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WMC News & Features: Will Biden Create More Humane Immigration Policies? (April 9, 2021)

By Maria Lazzarino | Apr 16, 2021 | Comments Off on WMC News & Features: Will Biden Create More Humane Immigration Policies? (April 9, 2021)

Cruel immigration policies were a hallmark of the Trump presidency. From the “Muslim ban” in his earliest days in office to family separation, the Trump administration made over 1,000 immigration policy changes, creating a largely hostile and unwelcoming reception for refugees and asylum seekers fleeing danger and economic hardship and instilling fear in immigrants residing…

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Notes from Listening Session with USCIS

By Admin | Apr 15, 2021 |

On April 6, 2021, ASISTA hosted a listening session with USCIS representatives regarding recent trends and issues with fee waiver adjudications related to survivor-based protections including VAWA self-petitions, U and T visa relief. The notes from that listening session can be found below. If you continue to face additional problems with fee waiver adjudications, please…

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Update: FOIA Production on Fee Waiver Policy & Practice

By Admin | Apr 5, 2021 |

In January 2019, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on behalf of Grassroots Leadership requesting information on fee waiver adjudication policies and procedures for VAWA self-petitions, T visa and U visa Humanitarian programs.   Due to a lack of response, Grassroots Leadership, represented by TRLA, was a plaintiff in…

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Litigation update in ASISTA v. Albence

By Admin | Mar 23, 2021 |

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…

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ASISTA Denounces Racism, Misogyny, and Violence

By Ahlam Moussa | Mar 22, 2021 |

In the wake of the killing of eight people in Georgia earlier this week, we at ASISTA are heartbroken and determined as ever to fight the toxic combination of white supremacy and misogyny that fuels this violence. Eight lives were tragically and violently taken, of whom seven were women and six were of Asian descent.…

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