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Policy Update: Two New Final Rules Weaken Access to Immigration Relief

By Admin | Dec 11, 2020 |

Today, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a new rule that makes sweeping and devastating changes to asylum. This rule would deny the vast majority of asylum-seekers – including survivors of gender-based violence – the chance to make their case for protection, let alone to have a fair day…

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New Practice Advisory: Insight into USCIS’s Application of the “No-Blanks” Policy to U-Visa Petitions

By Admin | Nov 23, 2020 |

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), ASISTA and the Domestic Violence Project (DVP) of the Urban Justice Center have published a new practice advisory based on new USCIS documentation obtained by FOIA litigation brought by Cleary Gottlieb on behalf of DVP.   This advisory contains a summary of the records USCIS released through the FOIA litigation , as…

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Look what you helped us do!

By Ahlam Moussa | Nov 19, 2020 | Comments Off on Look what you helped us do!

Look what you helped us do!

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Legal Remedies for Immigrant Survivors: Introductory Seminar Series – Dec 2 & 3, 2020

By Ahlam Moussa | Nov 16, 2020 |
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Post-Election Greetings from our New Executive Director

By Ahlam Moussa | Nov 12, 2020 |

Greetings from ASISTA’s new Executive Director Kirsten Rambo!

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In Harm’s Way

By Admin | Oct 20, 2020 |

In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are re-releasing our report, co-authored by Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) “In Harm’s Way,” that details how current federal policies are not protecting immigrants suffering from domestic violence. We can, and must, do better to give immigrants full protection from domestic violence. Read our report here ->…

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ASISTA Opposes Harmful Proposed Rule Expanding Biometric Collection & Surveillance

By Admin | Oct 14, 2020 |

On October 13, 2020, ASISTA submitted a comment in response to USCIS harmful new proposed rule that would pose significant privacy, confidentiality and safety implications for immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking, and other gender-based abuses. The proposed rule would change, among other things: Drastically increase the types of biometric information collected…

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Updated Practice Advisory: Status of USCIS Fee Rule

By Admin | Oct 13, 2020 |

Over the last few week, there have been several updates that impact fee waiver practice. ASISTA has updated its fee rule advisory to provide additional background information and updates for agencies working with immigrant survivors and their families.

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New Practice Advisory: Requesting Congressional Liaison Assistance

By Admin | Sep 30, 2020 |

When case issues arise with DHS and your inquiries go unanswered, Congressional liaisons may be able to help.  This advisory contains helpful tips for making effective Congressional liaison assistance requests. 

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ASISTA Announces New Executive Director

By Ahlam Moussa | Sep 17, 2020 |

The Board of Directors of ASISTA Immigration Assistance is thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Kirsten Rambo as Executive Director, effective October 5, 2020. See statement here!

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