News & Updates

Comment Today: Voice Your Opposition to the proposed USCIS Tip Form

By Admin | Sep 5, 2019 | Comments Off on Comment Today: Voice Your Opposition to the proposed USCIS Tip Form

On August 8, 2019 the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) posted a second opportunity for notice and comment on the new USCIS Tip Form to collect information from the public regarding purported immigration fraud. At ASISTA, we are concerned about the USCIS Tip Form as it represents another tool for abusers and perpetrators of…

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The Hill: ICE rule change on U visas sparks outrage

By Admin | Aug 30, 2019 | Comments Off on The Hill: ICE rule change on U visas sparks outrage

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

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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New Advocacy Tool: Tell Congress to Stand with Immigrant Survivors

By Admin | Aug 28, 2019 | Comments Off on New Advocacy Tool: Tell Congress to Stand with Immigrant Survivors
Advocate Toolkit August 2019

ASISTA with support from the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors (AIS) has released an advocacy toolkit to help those who work with survivors engage in advocacy efforts with their member of Congress.  The toolkit contains sample social media messaging as well as tips to engage your Members of Congress while they are in District.  We will…

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Help Survivors of the El Paso Shooting

By Ahlam Moussa | Aug 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Help Survivors of the El Paso Shooting

At the request of Las Americas, which is coordinating support for El Paso shooting survivors, ASISTA is helping to bring together mental health, social work, faith-based, local political, and legal communities to work with the hundreds of immigrants harmed in the shooting. For more info on Las Americas work with shooting survivors, click here.  How…

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Policy Update: Changes in ICE Guidance Will Impede Access to Protections for Immigrant Survivors of Violence

By Admin | Aug 7, 2019 | Comments Off on Policy Update: Changes in ICE Guidance Will Impede Access to Protections for Immigrant Survivors of Violence

Late last Friday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a new fact sheet  outlining when they will grant “stays” of deportation to crime victims who have cooperated with law enforcement investigations applying for a U visa.  This new guidance will create enormous barriers for survivors of violence; it eliminates critical procedural safeguards and will lead…

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Policy Update: DHS Publishes Harmful New U Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide

By Admin | Aug 5, 2019 |

It is beyond overwhelming to track the myriad ways, large and small, in which DHS’ policy is eroding access to critical immigration protections, including those designed to protect immigrant crime survivors. Sometimes these policy changes don’t grab headlines, but they all contribute to DHS’ calculated and callous plan to weaken existing paths to immigration benefits.…

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Order your ASISTA T-shirt Today!

By Ahlam Moussa | Jul 31, 2019 |

Stop the Fear. Stop the Deportations. Stop the Abuse. – Order Today! Immigrant victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault are exceedingly vulnerable in the U.S. today, too terrified to tell anyone they need help. As our government significantly ramps up deportation, ASISTA continues it’s fight for immigrant victims’ rights, and it’s support of the…

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Press Statement: ASISTA Response to DHS’ New Expanded Expedited Removal Policy

By Admin | Jul 25, 2019 | Comments Off on Press Statement: ASISTA Response to DHS’ New Expanded Expedited Removal Policy

For Immediate Release: July 25, 2019 – Expansion of Expedited Removal Erodes Due Process and Creates Increased Barriers for Vulnerable Survivors ASISTA denounces the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) plan to expand its ability to fast-track deportation procedures that would leave thousands, including immigrant survivors of crime, vulnerable to deportation without critical due process protections.

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Practice Advisory: Tips for Representing U Visa Respondents

By Admin | Jul 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Practice Advisory: Tips for Representing U Visa Respondents

ASISTA and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) recently published a new in-depth practice advisory that contains updates in policy and survivor-based advocacy strategies for U visa applicants at different stages of removal proceedings. This includes strategies for helping U visa applicants with final or prior orders of removal, those currently in removal proceedings, and…

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Practice Update: Form I-539 Extensions of Status & Passport Requirements for U nonimmigrants

By Admin | Jul 12, 2019 | Comments Off on Practice Update: Form I-539 Extensions of Status & Passport Requirements for U nonimmigrants

ASISTA has prepared a brief advisory to address the recent trends regarding adjudication of I-539 extensions for U nonimmigrants. Practitioners report that USCIS is issuing Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs asking for proof that the applicant had a valid passport at the time of filing. This advisory contains practice…

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Serving Survivors Who May be At Risk of Immigration Enforcement Actions

By Admin | Jul 11, 2019 |

ASISTA condemns the Administration’s plans for mass raids, now slated to start this Sunday. These mass immigration enforcement actions create immense fear in communities nationwide. For immigrant survivors of violence, these raids exacerbate the trauma and fear they already endure because of the abuse they have experienced. Advocates can help address this fear by providing…

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Resources for those Serving Survivors at Risk of Enforcement Actions

By Admin | Jun 28, 2019 |

Last week, the Administration announced that they would delay the mass raids scheduled for last week. Even though these actions have been briefly delayed, the announcement of these mass immigration enforcement actions created immense fear nationwide. For immigrant survivors of violence, this news exacerbates the trauma and fear they already endure because of the abuse they…

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Order your ASISTA T-shirt Today!

By Ahlam Moussa | Jun 26, 2019 |

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Comment Opportunity: Oppose USCIS Changes to Fee Waiver Forms and Policy

By Admin | Jun 26, 2019 | Comments Off on Comment Opportunity: Oppose USCIS Changes to Fee Waiver Forms and Policy

On June 5, 2019, USCIS published another notice and opportunity for comment on their proposed fee waiver changes. These changes were initially proposed in September 2018, and later addressed in a second opportunity for comment in April 2019. This third notice provides additional details regarding USCIS’ rationale for adjusting the fee waiver form and practices. …

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Practice Alert: Extension of I-918 Forms

By Admin | Jun 25, 2019 | Comments Off on Practice Alert: Extension of I-918 Forms

On May 29, 2019, ASISTA and the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) sent a letter to USCIS leadership expressing concern that the two-month grace period to transition to the new Form I-918 would cause hardship to survivors, advocates, and law enforcement agencies.  On Friday, June 21, 2019, USCIS updated the I-918 Form website, so that information regarding the edition…

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Practice Update: Implementation of NTA memo on survivor-based cases

By Admin | Jun 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Practice Update: Implementation of NTA memo on survivor-based cases

In May and June of 2019, some practitioners have reported that USCIS issued a number of NTAs in connection with denied U and T visa applications. Given these reports, ASISTA in conjunction with CAST, Freedom Network USA, American Association of Immigration Lawyers (AILA), Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC), and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Los Angeles created…

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Letter to USCIS: Extend grace period for new I-918 Forms

By Admin | May 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Letter to USCIS: Extend grace period for new I-918 Forms

On May 29, 2019 AILA and ASISTA sent a letter to USCIS leadership as well as the CIS Ombudsman expressing concern that the two-month grace period to transition to the new Form I-918 is insufficient as it will cause hardship to survivors, advocates, as well as law enforcement agencies. Read the letter here.

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Supporting Immigrants and ASISTA – Get your t-shirt or sweatshirt today!

By Ahlam Moussa | May 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Supporting Immigrants and ASISTA – Get your t-shirt or sweatshirt today!

Help Support ASISTA by wearing this INCREDIBLE t-shirt or sweatshirt that shows our solidarity and your support of immigrants! Buy one for yourself, your family, friends, and colleagues. Campaign ends May 31st so make sure to order one here as soon as you can.

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ASISTA and NOW Submit Opposition to USCIS Tip Form

By Admin | Apr 18, 2019 | Comments Off on ASISTA and NOW Submit Opposition to USCIS Tip Form

On April 16, 2019, ASISTA and the National Organization for Women (NOW) submitted a comment in opposition to the proposed USCIS Tip Form, as the form would be a tool for abusers and perpetrators of crime to weaponize the immigration system against survivors, with impunity. Read our comment here.

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