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The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) includes important protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. It is well known that abusers often use a victim’s lack of immigration status as a tactic of abuse – threatening to report them to ICE and have them deported. Similarly, it is extremely common for abusers to tell immigrant survivors that if they reach out for help from the police or the courts, then they will be arrested and separated from their families. As a result, it is important to ensure that immigrant victims know that they can reach out for help and that there are protections in place to help them access safety and justice. 

Included below are important resources to assist advocates in their efforts to engage in enhanced safety planning, help survivors access important immigration remedies, support systems advocacy efforts, and other useful websites.

Enhanced Safety Planning Resources:

Family Safety Planning Materials

Example of a Warrant Signed by a Judge (ACLU)

Example of a Warrant Signed by ICE (ACLU)

Make a Plan: Migrant Parents’ Guide to Preventing Family Separation (Women's Refugee Commission)

Assisting Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence: Law Enforcement Guide (BWJP)

Know Your Rights

Know Your Rights: A Guide to Your Rights When Interacting with Law Enforcement (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.)

Know Your Rights Card in Spanish (ACLU)

 

Immigration Remedies for Survivors:

U Visa Immigration Relief for Victims of Certain Crimes (DHS)

Enhanced Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence / Planeamiento de Seguridad Reforzado para Inmigrantes Sobrevivientes de Violencia Doméstica y Sexual (Muliple agencies)

VAWA Confidentiality Protections for Immigrant Crime Victims in the Context of Immigration Enforcement (NIWAP)

Introduction to Immigration Relief for Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault and Glossary of Terms (NIWAP and others)

 

Systems Advocacy Resources:

 From the U.S. Department of Justice, via National Association of Judiciary Interpreters and Translators

From the U.S. Department of Justice

From U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement

 From New York Attorney General's Office

 

Useful websites with additional information:

In alphabetical order, below are some trusted sources for immigration resources, from know your rights to legal defense/advocate updates.

Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-based Violence

ASISTA Immigration Assistance

Battered Women's Justice Project (BWJP)

Futures Without Violence

ICE’s Online Detainee Locator

Immi (developed by Immigration Advocates Network and ProbonoNet)

Immigrant Defense Project

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

Informed Immigrant

NIWAP (National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project)National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project)

Tahirih Justice Center

We Belong Together