ASISTA in the News

Immigrant Survivors are being scared into silence

By Ahlam Moussa | Nov 27, 2019

“I’ve been working in immigration rights since the 1980s and I’ve never seen this level of antagonism toward immigrants and women.” In this article, ASISTA Executive Director, Gail Pendleton talks about how immigrant survivors are being scared into silence, and how to find help before you need it. https://www.domesticshelters.org/articles/in-the-news/when-fighting-abuse-could-lead-to-deportation

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A Northern Virginia Mother Was A Victim Of Domestic Violence. She Was Deported.

By Ahlam Moussa | Sep 11, 2019
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The Hill: ICE rule change on U visas sparks outrage

By Admin | Aug 30, 2019

“The Trump administration has quietly altered its handling of visas granted to immigrants who cooperate with criminal investigations, allowing people to be deported even while they are waiting for their visas.” ASISTA’s Cecelia Friedman Levin describes the impact of these changes and how they will diminish access to critical protection to immigrant survivors. Read more…

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Buzzfeed News: An Asylum-Seeking Mom Who Applied For A Special Visa For Victims Of Violence Is About To Be Deported Anyway

By Admin | Aug 30, 2019

Survivors of domestic violence must have access to critical immigration protections without fearing they may be deported before their cases are decided. ASISTA’s Cecelia Friedman Levin weighs in on a new ICE policy that creates barriers for immigrant survivors of violence. Read more here.

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Undocumented in the Hudson Valley: The Luis Martinez Story

By neonadmin | Mar 26, 2019

He’s an employer, father, husband, and community member. Why is ICE threatening to deport this man? Read more here.

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Guardian: How zero tolerance forces undocumented victims into the shadows

By Admin | Dec 6, 2018

ASISTA weighs in on how harmful changes to immigration policy impacts immigrant survivors of violence. Read more here.

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ASISTA Statement on NTA Policy Implementation

By Admin | Dec 6, 2018

ASISTA strongly condemns USCIS’ decision to implement the updated Notice To Appear (NTA) policy for survivor-based protections on November 19th. This means that domestic and sexual assault survivors, survivors of human trafficking, children eligible for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status, and other victims whom Congress intended to help could now face deportation hearings if their cases…

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PBS Frontline: Undocumented Crime Victims Face Heightened Risk of Deportation

By Admin | Dec 6, 2018

ASISTA’s own Cecelia Friedman Levin, commenting on USCIS’s recent drastic departure from prior practice and policy, and how it will discourage survivors from coming forward.  Read more here.

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