News & Updates

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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Safe Horizon and ASISTA File Lawsuit Against USCIS and DHS

By Ahlam Moussa | Mar 18, 2021 |

Safe Horizon and ASISTA File Lawsuit Against USCIS and DHS, Seeking Information on Policy Change Making it More Difficult for Victims of Serious Crime to Obtain Relief Under the U-Visa Program

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Litigation Update: Harmful DOJ Rule Enjoined

By Admin | Mar 15, 2021 |

On March 10, 2021, Senior District Judge Susan Illston from the U.S. District Court of Northern District of California granted a preliminary injunction in the case Centro Legal de La Raza et al v. EOIR et al, challenging the harmful DOJ rule severely limiting sua sponte motions in immigration court proceedings and curtailing the use…

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New Advisory: Overview of U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 & Its Impact on Immigrant Survivors

By Admin | Mar 1, 2021 |

U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 & Its Impact on Survivors: On Thursday, February 18, 2021 theU.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 was introduced in the House by Representative Linda Sánchez and in the Senate by Senator Bob Menendez. ASISTA and our partners with the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors have prepared an overview of the bill with a discussion…

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ICYMI: Important Policy & ASISTA Updates

By Ahlam Moussa | Feb 27, 2021 |

As usual, there have been several policy updates over the last few weeks, from the rescission of the immigrant travel ban impacting family, employment and diversity visas to the Supreme Court’s decision to take up the public charge rule.  Here are some other important policy updates and news from ASISTA.  U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 & Its Impact on…

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Philadelphia Inquirer Article on the U Visa Backlog

By Ahlam Moussa | Feb 17, 2021 |

ASISTA’s own Amy Cheung weighing in on the heavy backlog with the U Visa program which Congress created to strengthen the ability of police agencies to investigate and prosecute violent crimes like domestic & sexual assault.   “Biden’s plan to raise the cap to 30,000 is a promising start but given the immense backlog, there is still more…

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ASISTA Practice Alert Regarding Certain U Visa ‘After-Acquired Spouse’ Cases (Feb. 11, 2021)

By Maria Lazzarino | Feb 12, 2021 |

In December, the 9th Circuit held in Medina Tovar v. Zuchowski that certain after-acquired spouses of U visa petitioners are eligible to “accompany or follow to join” the U-1 through the I-918A petitioning process. The Court recently issued its mandate on 1/25/2021. The judgment in Medina Tovar is therefore in effect as of 1/25/2021.  We’ve prepared this Practice Alert to help you…

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ICYMI: Important Policy & ASISTA Updates

By Ahlam Moussa | Feb 3, 2021 |

As usual, there have been many immigration policy updates this past week. Please see below for a brief summary of a few of those updates, as well as some upcoming ASISTA events.  Flexibility in Deadline Extension Challenges to Enforcement Executive Order New Circuit Decisions ASISTA joins Important Amicus Efforts New ASISTA Training!  Flexibility in Deadline Extension Last…

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Granados-Benitez v. Wilkinson (1st Cir) (unpublished- Jan. 28, 2021)

By Maria Lazzarino | Jan 29, 2021 |

The 1st Circuit found that the BIA had abused its discretion in failing to follow Matter of Sanchez-Sosa in adjudicating the U visa petitioner’s Motion to Reopen and ordered remand. Click on the links to access the Amicus Brief and the Decision.

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ICYMI: Legislative and Administrative Updates

By Admin | Jan 25, 2021 | Comments Off on ICYMI: Legislative and Administrative Updates

Dear partners,  The Biden-Harris Administration has already introduced important immigration policy reforms, including efforts that enhance protections for immigrant survivors. ASISTA welcomes these efforts, and we will be there each step of the way to help ensure a safer and more just America for survivors and for all immigrants. We are committed, as always, to keeping you informed…

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Important Policy & Practice Updates

By Admin | Jan 16, 2021 |

There have been many policy and practice updates over the last few weeks. We’ve compiled a short list of a few important updates to help you keep track.   Upcoming Closures USCIS temporarily suspends in-person services. USCIS announced Friday afternoon that it will temporarily suspend in-person services next Tuesday and Wednesday. USCIS issued the following notice: “U.S. Citizenship…

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ASISTA opposes harmful proposed DOJ rules

By Admin | Jan 4, 2021 |

On December 28, 2020, ASISTA submitted two comments in response to two proposed Department of Justice, Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR rules) which would limit access to relief for immigrants with matters in Immigration Court, including survivors. Defining “Good cause” for continuances: This new proposed rule severely limits motions to continue, which given the…

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ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): Sharing Important Policy Updates

By Ahlam Moussa | Dec 24, 2020 |

A lot has happened in the past week! We’ve compiled a short list of important updates to help you keep track.  Expansion of Filing Flexibility Important Update on Blank Space Policy Litigation Policy Manual Changes EOIR Comment Opportunities-deadlines December 28th Issuance of Final Regulations on Asylum, Admin Closure, and more 1. Expansion of Filing Flexibility: On December 18, USCIS…

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Immigration Attorney & ASISTA Board Member Leta Sanchez: The importance of the work we do together.

By Ahlam Moussa | Dec 21, 2020 |

(Please know the video does discuss an episode of violence.)

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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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