Working with Survivors at Risk of Removal

This section contains resources for immigration attorneys, practitioners, advocates, community organizers, and anyone working with immigrant survivors at risk of removal. You can find useful information translated in several languages to assist immigrant survivors with their rights in this country. 


    Webinar Presentations & Recordings: Survivor's Safety

    Stays of Removal Webinar Recording (August 4, 2017)

    Panelists: Audrey Carr, Director of Immigration and Special Programs, Legal Services, NYC; Cecelia Friedman Levin, Senior Policy Counsel, ASISTA; Mona Patel-Sikora, Directing Attorney, Immigration Center for Women & Children, and Gail Pendleton, Executive Director, ASISTA.

    Avoiding Detention and Removal for VAWA and U Survivors (2017)

    Webinar presented by Cecelia Friedman Levin, ASISTA Senior Policy Counsel; and Gail Pendleton, ASISTA Executive Director.

    Enhanced Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence (February 24, 2017)

    Webinar presented by Grace Huang, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence; Rosie Hidalgo, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network; Leslye Orloff, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project; Archi Pyati, Tahirih Justice Center; and Cecelia Friedman Levin, ASISTA. Click here for the Webinar Recording

    Español: Planeamiento de Seguridad Reforzado para Inmigrantes Sobrevivientes de Violencia Doméstica y Sexual (Marzo 3, 2017)

    Webinario en espanol presentado por Rosie Hidalgo, Casa de Esperanza; Sonia Parras Konrad, ASISTA y Rocio Molina, Proyecto Nacional por la Defensa de las Mujeres Inmigrantes.

    Webinar Series Training (Pre-Recorded): Helping those Released from Family Detention: Asylum Options for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence (2016)

    This webinar series is for attorneys, accredited representatives, domestic and sexual violence advocates, mental health service providers and social workers already familiar with VAWA andU visas to help women and children released from family detention centers. Specifically, it is designed to expand your knowledge and capacity to help survivors fleeing domestic and sexual violence in their home countries apply for asylum.

    Federal Court Advocacy

    Amicus Brief NDC (March 22, 2017)

    Proposed Brief for Tahirih Justice Center at al. Amicus Curiae in Support of Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunctions.

    General Safety Planning Resources

    Appleseed Deportation Manual

    Appleseed deportation manual is a comprehensive resource designed for immigrants and service providers to develop plans related to financial and family issues in the event of deportation, arrest and other family emergencies. ASISTA and Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence (API-GBV) are proud to author the chapter on Domestic Violence issues.

    Safety Planning for Family and Friends 

    This is a great tool developed by Break the Cycle. It's an interactive feature that assists youth and young adults in customizing a safety plan online.

    Step Forward

    Step Forward/Hacia Delante is a resource for women immigrants developed by We Belong Together, Immigration Advocates Network and the National Domestic Worker Alliance, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and with advocacy tools, legal directory, and know your rights materials.

    ILRC Red Cards

    ILRC Red Cards contain basic rights and protections under US Constitution. 

    ILRC Community Resources

    Immigrant Legal Resource Center has several community resources regarding immigration rights and protections.

    Español: Planificación de Seguridad para Familiares y Amigos

    Esta es una gran herramienta desarrollada por Break the Cycle. Es una función interactiva que ayuda a jóvenes y adultos jóvenes a personalizar un plan de seguridad en línea.

    Know Your Rights Materials

    CLINIC Resources - Know Your Rights

    Catholic Legal Immigration Network Inc. has extensive KYR materials available including comprehensive guides, one-pagers, and powerpoint presentations. Know Your Rights: A Guide to Know Your Rights when Interacting with Law Enforcement available in English, Spanish, Amharic, Chinese, and in other languages.

    CLINIC Know Your Rights Quick Guides: Available in English, SpanishChinese, and Amharic.

    Know Your Rights ICWC- English

    ICWC thanks the National Immigration Law Center ( for compiling and providing this information. ICWC has add specific information for its clients.

    Know Your Rights ICWC- Spanish

    ICWC thanks the National Immigration Law Center ( for compiling and providing this information. ICWC has add specific information for its clients.

    Know Your Rights and What Families Should Do Now

    Know Your Rights and What Families Should Do Now is a brief advisory about the rights everyone has in the U.S.