News & Updates

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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ASISTA statement on Medical Abuse and Neglect in Immigration Detention

By Ahlam Moussa | Sep 17, 2020 |

ASISTA, like you, is horrified at the allegations of medical abuse and neglect inflicted on women in immigration custody. As we support our partners in ensuring that these atrocities are investigated immediately, we are grateful for the relentless work of these organizations on the ground: Project South, Georgia Detention Watch, Georgia Latino Alliance for Human…

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ASISTA Practice Pointer: DHS Freedom of Information Act Requests (August 31, 2020)

By Maria Lazzarino | Sep 10, 2020 |

We are happy to share ASISTA’s new practice pointer: DHS Freedom of Information Act Requests. This practice pointer includes a breakdown of each DHS agency’s record keeping, sample FOIA language, and information on administrative appeals of FOIA results.  For additional helpful tips, take a look at our recent webinar, FOIA Requests to DHS in Survivor-Based Cases.

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El Diario de El Paso Article on the sexual assault of immigrant victims and harassment by guards at an ICE detention facility in El Paso.

By Ahlam Moussa | Aug 19, 2020 |

We stand with ASISTA member organization, Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center, as they advocate for immigrant victims of sexual assault and harassment by guards at an ICE detention facility in El Paso. Laura Flores Bachman, Senior Legal Counsel with ASISTA, was quoted in this article about these heinous acts, “We believe sexual assaults in ICE facilities…

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New USCIS Fee Rule & the Impact on Survivor-based Immigration Relief

By Admin | Aug 15, 2020 |

On August 3, 2020, USCIS published the final fee rule which is set to go into effect on October 2, 2020. This new rule increases the fees for commonly used forms as well as limits the criteria for fee waivers. This advisory discusses the provisions of the rule most relevant to survivor-based formsof immigration relief…

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Newsy Article on how USCIS is Rejecting Applications with Blank Spaces

By Ahlam Moussa | Aug 15, 2020 |

ASISTA Policy Director Cecelia Friedman Levin weighing in, “We’re calling for a way that when these sorts of policy changes occur, that people are informed [and that] any changes in these processes don’t impact due process”. See article here.

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ALERT: Upcoming Changes to USCIS I-765 & I-765WS Forms

By Maria Lazzarino | Aug 14, 2020 |

In an effort to help our members avoid filing rejections for work authorization applications, we want to make sure everyone is aware of the upcoming changes to the I-765 and I-765WS forms.  USCIS has updated Forms I-765 and I-765WS. The new editions of the Application for Employment Authorization and Worksheet will go into effect on August 25, 2020. The new I-765 and I-765WS will go…

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146 Organizations Call on USCIS to Stop Rejecting Applications for Blank Fields on Forms.

By Admin | Aug 14, 2020 |

On August 13, 2020, ASISTA together with the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Freedom Network USA and the Tahirih Justice Center joined over 140 national, state, and local organizations called on USCIS to stop its harmful policy of rejecting applications for blank fields on forms. Currently, this policy applies to asylum seekers, as well as…

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WaPo Article on USCIS’ Harmful Policy of Rejecting Applications for Blank Fields

By Ahlam Moussa | Aug 7, 2020 |

ASISTA Policy Director Cecelia Friedman Levin weighs in on this harmful processing policy and how USCIS is egregiously limiting immigration relief for vulnerable applicants through needless red tape. See article here

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ASISTA’ s Virtual Training: “From RFE to Federal Court: Latest Strategies in Defending Survivors During the Time of COVID”

By Maria Lazzarino | Jul 9, 2020 |

Recordings Now Available! For those of you who missed our online training, “From RFE to Federal Court: Latest Strategies in Defending Survivors During the Time of COVID,” the recordings are now available for purchase. Because we ran the online training twice, you will receive two versions of the training, whether you buy all sessions, or…

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ASISTA Practice Pointer: Filing Form I-290B When Multiple Interrelated Forms are Denied (July 2020)

By Maria Lazzarino | Jul 7, 2020 |

When a petitioner files multiple interrelated forms for one case, such as a U visa, the denial of one form generally leads to the denial of all ancillary forms as well. In this practice pointer, we will address how many Form I-290Bs to file in this scenario, whether derivatives need to file their own Form…

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New Report by ASISTA and ILRC – In Harm’s Way: The Impact of President Trump’s Actions on Immigrant Survivors of Gender Based Violence

By Ahlam Moussa | Jun 3, 2020 |

Check out this report from ASISTA and Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) examining Trump’s harmful immigration policies and the impacts they are having on survivors of gender-based violence.

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ASISTA Amicus 9th Circ. U Spouses (May 28, 2020)

By Maria Lazzarino | Jun 1, 2020 |

ASISTA argues that DHS regulations prohibiting U visas for after-acquired spouses of crime victims violates the Congressional goals of the U visa law. See Amicus here. 

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Updated COVID-19 Practice Pointer: Filing Deadlines for RFEs, NOIDs, NOIRs and I-290Bs (Current as of May 18, 2020)

By Maria Lazzarino | May 21, 2020 |

While we continue to advocate and await further guidance, we have prepared this Practice Pointer, Filing Deadlines for RFEs, NOIDs, NOIRs, and I-290Bs, to assist you in the meeting deadlines during this national emergency. We encourage you to also visit our partners pages on COVID-19, CLINIC and CAST. To download the advisory in Word version,…

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