News & Updates

ASISTA Breaking News! April 2019

By Maria Lazzarino | Apr 12, 2019 | Comments Off on ASISTA Breaking News! April 2019

Exciting times at ASISTA! Read here for important news and updates.

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Comment Today! USCIS Fraud Tip Form

By Admin | Mar 29, 2019 | Comments Off on Comment Today! USCIS Fraud Tip Form

On February 15, 2019 the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a proposed form for notice and comment to collect information from the general public regarding purported immigration fraud. At ASISTA, we are particularly concerned about this Fraud Tip form as it represents another tool for abusers and perpetrators of crime to…

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ASISTA News – April 2019

By Ahlam Moussa | Mar 29, 2019 |

In this month’s “newsletter” we share strategies for addressing and challenging the latest, myriad attacks on immigrant crime survivors seeking secure status and defending against deportation, including a new advocacy project we hope you will join.  Come discuss these and other emerging hot topics at one of our Spring pre-conference all-day CLE trainings! Check it…

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Undocumented in the Hudson Valley: The Luis Martinez Story

By neonadmin | Mar 26, 2019 |

He’s an employer, father, husband, and community member. Why is ICE threatening to deport this man? Read more here.

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A week with Al Otro Lado

By neonadmin | Mar 19, 2019 | Comments Off on A week with Al Otro Lado

by Cecelia Friedman Levin, Senior Policy Counsel I just returned from volunteering with the Border Rights Project at Al Otro Lado in Tijuana, Mexico.  At the end of each day, volunteers often shared their “highs and lows” of what they experienced during the day.  In that spirit, I share my own. Lows: The inhumane, unlawful and shameful treatment…

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New Form I-539/I-539A Published Today

By Admin | Mar 8, 2019 | Comments Off on New Form I-539/I-539A Published Today

ASISTA drafted a short practice update on the newly published Form I-539 and I-539A. Read more about the grace period and the new biometrics requirements here.

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Fee Waiver Case Collection

By neonadmin | Mar 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Fee Waiver Case Collection

ASISTA is collecting stories where fee waivers for applications related to VAWA self-petitions, U visas, T visas, SIJS and other humanitarian protections have been denied, including motions to reopen/reconsider and appeals.  This is the first in a series of data collection tools ASISTA is releasing to strengthen our advocacy efforts and to demonstrate the numerous…

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New! Sample Language for Fee Waiver Cover Letters

By Admin | Feb 25, 2019 | Comments Off on New! Sample Language for Fee Waiver Cover Letters

Read our new publication on fee waiver requests or contesting denials.

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New Amicus Brief: Addressing Sanchez Sosa and Continuances for U applicants

By neonadmin | Feb 21, 2019 | Comments Off on New Amicus Brief: Addressing Sanchez Sosa and Continuances for U applicants

Read new amicus brief on importance of continuances in Immigration Court, submitted in the Seventh Circuit.

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ASISTA Joins Over 150 Organization in Opposition to Harmful Asylum Ban

By Admin | Jan 10, 2019 |

This week ASISTA Immigration Assistance is privileged to join National Immigrant Justice Center, Human Rights First and over 150 organizations in submitting a comment in response to the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security adoption of an interim final rule barring access to asylum for those who enter the United States outside…

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Press Statement: ASISTA Response to National Address

By Admin | Jan 10, 2019 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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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