News & Updates

Press Statement: ASISTA Response to National Address

By Admin | Jan 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 9, 2019 Contact: Ahlam Moussa, ahlam@asistahelp.org   ASISTA Response to President Trump’s National Address Suffield, CT – The following is a statement from Cecelia Friedman Levin, Senior Policy Counsel at ASISTA Immigration Assistance, regarding President Trump’s National Address: President Trump’s remarks last night again demonstrate his misinformed, divisive, and anti-immigrant agenda and ignore the real…

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Judge strikes down efforts to diminish protections for asylum seekers.

By Admin | Dec 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

ASISTA applauds the federal court decision yesterday which restores critical protections for asylum seekers fleeing domestic violence and gang brutality.  The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies and ACLU challenged the Administration’s harmful expedited removal policies which instructed asylum officers to generally deny domestic violence and gang violence-related claims.  ASISTA is proud to have supported the…

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Challenging USCIS harmful changes to fee waiver policy

By Admin | Dec 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

In November 2018,  ASISTA fought back on harmful USCIS changes to fee waiver practices and forms.  USCIS is creating barriers to equal access to survivor protections, especially for survivors who have few financial resources of their own. ASISTA created a template comment for advocates to share how these damaging changes affect survivors, and you can…

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ASISTA opposes DHS Proposed Rule on Public Charge

By Admin | Dec 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

On December 10, 2018, ASISTA filed a Comment on DHS’ Proposed Rule on Public Charge. DHS’ proposed rule will harm immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence as well as survivors of human trafficking.  Access and use of public benefit programs may make the difference in whether survivors and their children can escape abuse. ASISTA opposes the…

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Guardian: How zero tolerance forces undocumented victims into the shadows

By Admin | Dec 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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 | 0 Comments

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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Annotated Notes: USCIS Q&A on NTA Guidance Implementation

By Admin | Dec 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Annotated Notes on NTA Memo Implementation  On November 15, 2018, USCIS held a stakeholder engagement call on the implementation of the NTA memo on survivor-based protections. ASISTA, AILA and ILRC compiled these annotated notes and practice pointers based on USCIS’ responses during that stakeholder call.    

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ASISTA Statement on Updated USCIS Guidance

By neonadmin | Jul 6, 2018 | Comments Off on ASISTA Statement on Updated USCIS Guidance

New USCIS Guidance will create a chilling effect on survivors coming forward to access protection.  Yesterday, USCIS released Updated Guidance for the Referral of Cases and Issuance of Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Cases Involving Inadmissible and Deportable Aliens (Updated NTA memo) which vastly expands the circumstances in which USCIS will issue NTAs or refer cases to ICE. …

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Amicus Brief on Direct Victim Definition (April 23, 2018)  

By Maria Lazzarino | Apr 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Here is the amicus brief we filed to the AAO with Her Justice and ICWC, Debevoise & Plympton doing the heavy lifting (and excellent crafting) for us. Thanks to all involved, great job! Click here to download the amicus brief in word version. We suggest you use this framework when making your “not-obvious” victim arguments.…

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