Training Materials

    Overview of Legal Remedies for Crime Survivors

    Immigration 101: An Introduction to the Immigration System (December 17, 2012)

    This webinar explains the basics of immigration law and how to better assist your immigrant client in general. Learn the basic concepts in immigration law, common immigration legal terms, an overview of the government agencies involved in making immigration decisions, and basic know-your-rights information for immigrant survivors affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and stalking.

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     Avoiding Detention and Removal for VAWA and U Survivors
    Webinar presented by: Cecelia Friedman Levin, ASISTA Senior Policy Counsel; and Gail Pendleton, ASISTA Executive Director.
    Enhanced Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivor of Domestic & 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.

    Open “Case Rounds” for Basic Q & A on U Visas & VAWA Self-Petitions (June 29, 2017)
    This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
    Open “Case Rounds” for Intermediate/Advanced Q & A on U Visas & VAWA (August 8, 2017)
    This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
     
    Updates on VAWA Self-Petitions and U Visas: Practice Pointers on Emerging Issues, Including Keeping Your Survivors Safe While Applying for Status (September 21, 2017)
    This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
    Effective Responses to RFEs and Denials in VAWA and U Cases (November 7, 2017)
    This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
    Which Status to Choose? (December 12, 2017)
    This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
    Supporting your Work with Immigrant Survivors: How ASISTA Can Help (March 8, 2018)
    This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
    Emerging Issues in U Visa Practice (June 19, 2018)
    This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
    "Assisting Derivatives of U Visa Applicants and VAWA Self-Petitioners" (August 20, 2018)
    This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
    "Preventing and Responding to RFEs and NOIDs for U and VAWA Cases" (October 22, 2018)
    This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
     

    VAWA Self Petition

    Webinar Series on Routes to Immigration Status for Non-Citizen Crime Survivors: Intermediate VAWA and Selected Issues (Nov 7, 2016)
    This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.
    Webinar Series on Routes to Immigration Status for Non-Citizen Crime Survivors:Advanced VAWA: Addressing Complications in VAWA Cases and Securing Lawful Permanent Residence (Dec 5, 2016)
    This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

    U Visa

    Webinar Series on Routes to Immigration Status for Non-Citizen Crime Survivors: "Intermediate U Visa: Complicated Issues in Preparing and Filing a U Visa" (Feb 6, 2017)

    This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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    Webinar Series on Routes to Immigration Status for Non-Citizen Crime Survivors: Intermediate U Visa: Bringing in Family Members Living Abroad and Preparing the Adjustment of Status Application (March 6, 2017)

    This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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    Webinar Series on Routes to Immigration Status for Non-Citizen Crime Survivors: "Intermediate/Advanced U Visas: Overcoming Difficult Inadmissibility Issues, Obtaining U Visa Extensions, and Including Family Members at Adjustment" (April 3, 2017)

    This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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    Webinar Series on Routes to Immigration Status for Non-Citizen Crime Survivors: "Advanced U Visas: Responding to Requests for Further Evidence and Notices of Intent to Deny and Challenging Denials" May 8, 2017)

    This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K049 awarded by the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. The opinions, findings, and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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    Representing U Visa Clients with Complex Issues: Part I

    The first part of the webinar will cover how to deal with inadmissibility issues and how to prepare the I-192 waiver. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation. (April 9, 2012)

    Representing U Visa Clients with Complex Issues: Part II

    This webinar will address how to deal with removal, deportation, final orders and reinstatement issues in U visa cases. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation (May 14, 2012).

    Advanced Issues on U Visa Consular Processing

    Information and strategies for how to address issues when presenting U visas for processing abroad. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation (February 20, 2013).

    Effectively Framing a U Visa Labor-Based Application

    Gail Pendleton of ASISTA and Eunice Cho of the National Employment Law Project discuss best practices in framing U cases arising in the workplace, including: framing the qualifying crime, obtaining helpful certifications, identifying and presenting substantial harm and inadmissibility waiver arguments; and organizing your application to achieve success. The presenters also discuss strategies for responding to requests for evidence and tackling emerging legal and policy issues arising in this dynamic area of practice. (June 17, 2013)

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    Training Law Enforcement Agencies on U Visa Certification *This is a webinar recording.
    This webinar recorded by the Immigration Advocates Network (IAN) and co-sponsored by ASISTA features Co-Directors Gail Pendleton and Sonia Parras discussing best practices and creative ways to reach out to, train and work with law enforcement agencies on U visa certifications.
    U Visa Discoverability: What to Do? (February 2014) *This is a webinar recording.
    Sponsored by the Family Justice Center Alliance, presented by Susan Breall, Wanda Lucibello, Jonathan Moore, Mike Agnew, and Gail Pendleton. This webinar explores different strategies about how to respond to U visa requests (or other immigration files) in criminal court and may apply to other legal venues as well.

    ICE Enforcement

    How to Get Your Client Out from Detention After an ICE Enforcement Action (December 19, 2012)

    Participants will be introduced to the procedures to request bond to the immigration court as well as explore potential arguments to release immigrant survivors from detention. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation.

    Representing Survivors Seeking Asylum

    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.

    Seeking Asylum: Pro Se Manual for DV Survivors (available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole, 2013)

    The Center for Gender & Refugee Studies (CGRS) is pleased to announce the release  of our pro se manual for survivors of domestic violence seeking asylum, withholding of removal and Convention Against Torture protection in the United States - available in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole. We developed this manual in response to a call from advocates, and in recognition of the countless women who are eligible for asylum but due to lack of information and/or lack of access to legal representation, do not receive the protections they deserved. Our release of all three versions of this pro se manual is particularly timely given the refugee crisis at our border, and the thousands of women and girls fleeing abuse in Central America. 

    Resources for Advocates

    Immigration Materials Packet

    This packet provides a wide range of information, including Sec. 1513. Protection for Certain Crime Victims Including Victims of Crimes Against Women, how to outreach strategically, and how immigrants experience the legal system.

    Representing Survivors of Crimes of Violence Before or After an Enforcement Action

    This outline has been developed to provide basic guidance on interviewing skills and questions needed to assess potential eligibility for U visa..

    (Unfair) Advantage: Damocles' Sword and the Coercive Use of Immigration Status in a Civil Society

    Coercive use of immigration status in civil proceedings and negotiations is fundamentally unethical and potentially illegal. This article by David P. Weber argues for a more proactive approach in maintaining the perception of fairness and justice in civil proceedings for all parties, regardless of immigration status. Additionally, for both legal and lay persons, status coercion may constitute the crime of extortion, and this article establishes how status coercion in most cases fills the required elements of extortion.

    Guidance to ICE Attorneys (November 17, 2011)
    This memo identifies those cases that reflect a high enforcement priority for the Department of Homeland Security. From the American Immigration Lawyers Association
    USCIS Memo on Case-by-Case Review of Incoming and Certain Pending Cases (November 17, 2011)

    OPLA has been directed to begin a review of incoming cases and cases pending in immigration court. Each OCC must immediately review three categories of cases: (I) cases in which the Notices to Appear have not been filed with EOIR; (2) all cases on the master docket; and (3) all non-detained cases with merits hearings scheduled up to seven months from the date of issuance of this memorandum.

    Immigration Materials Packet

    This packet provides a wide range of information, including Sec. 1513. Protection for Certain Crime Victims Including Victims of Crimes Against Women, how to outreach strategically, and how immigrants experience the legal system.

    U Visa Advanced Packet

    This packet provides a wide range of information, including Sec. 1513. Protection for Certain Crime Victims Including Victims of Crimes Against Women, how to outreach strategically, and how immigrants experience the legal system.

    U Visa Fundamentals  Packet

    This packet provides a wide range of information, including Sec. 1513. Protection for Certain Crime Victims Including Victims of Crimes Against Women, how to outreach strategically, and how immigrants experience the legal system.

     Taller de Genero, Migracion y Empoderamiento de la Mujer (April 2016)

    Presentacion en el Consulado de Mexico en Omaha, Nebraska (Abril 2016).

    Resources List

    This Resources List includes information and useful links for: A) Immigration Basics; B) Rights and Access to Services; C) U visas; D) VAWA; E) Trafficking; F) Safety Planning and G) General Practice Resources.