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On November 21, 2014, President Obama announced new administrative reforms regarding immigration. These reforms will prevent the further separation of millions of families and grant them the opportunity to obtain work authorization. Below, we include a number of relevant documents and resources:
The Committee for Immigration Reform Implementation (CIRI) has also posted new resources related to the changes in immigration policy announced by President Obama on Nov. 20, 2014 at www.AdminRelief.org. These resources are listed below:
A "Summary of Administrative Relief," which focuses on the expansion of deferred action, memorialized in a Memorandum by Jeh Johnson entitled "Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children and with Respect to Certain Individuals Whose Parents are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents" at http://www.adminrelief.org/
An "Overview of Administrative Relief for Community Members (English)," which provides an overview of administrative relief for community members in English at http://www.adminrelief.org/
The PowerPoint, "Community Education Presentation (English)," which provides an overview of administrative relief for community education presentations in English at http://www.adminrelief.org/
The Immigration Advocates Network has also provided resources regarding administrative relief. These are listed below:
Limited English Proficiency
Nearly one in four women in the United States reports experiencing domestic violence at some point in her life. Immigrant survivors represent often fail to receive the support services they are guaranteed.
Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, all organizations that receive federal funding must take reasonable steps to ensure meaningful access to individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP). LEP persons are those who do not speak English as their primary language and have a limited ability to read, write, speak or understand English.
According to the U.S. Census nearly 20% of people over the age of five living in the United States speak a language other than English and do not speak English very well. In order to carry out enhanced safety planning, ensure meaningful access to services, and provide critical information to assist victims in making informed choices it is imperative for Casa de Esperanza and all those assisting victims of domestic violence to overcome existing language barriers.
The first step for federally supported organizations aiming to guarantee meaningful access to LEP individuals involves an individualized assessment that balances four factors:
The number or proportion of LEP persons eligible to be served or likely to be encountered by the program
The frequency with which LEP individuals come in contact with the program
The nature and importance of the program, activity, or service provided by the program to people’s lives
The resources available to the grantee/recipient or agency, and costs
Once an organizations needs, resources and effects are clearly understood an LEP plan can be implemented and integrated with already established programs. The following represent key elements of an effective LEP plan:
Demographic profile of the community
Process for identifying LEP persons who need language assistance
Identifying ways in which quality language assistance will be provided
Training staff and volunteers
Outreach and education
Monitoring and updating LEP policy
The elements listed above help ensure a targeted yet flexible LEP plan capable of changing to meet the elastic needs of those you serve. However it is important to remember that language barriers are not internally exclusive and widely exist throughout the United States. Becoming a strong advocate for full-language access in the areas of law enforcement, courts, health services and all other programs in your jurisdiction is equally important when assisting LEP individuals.
Casa de Esperanza provides the following services under the direction of the Attorney General regardless of an individuals immigration status or English proficiency:
Crisis counseling and intervention programs
Child and adult protection services
Violence and abuse prevention
Victim assistance for victims of domestic violence and other criminal activity
Treatment of mental illness or substance abuse
Short-term shelter or housing assistance for the homeless, for victims of domestic violence, or for runaway, abused or abandoned children
Programs or assistance to help individuals during adverse weather conditions
Accuracy and effective communication are critical in domestic violence situations. Only by practicing consistent cultural and linguistic competency can we help protect the safety of all victims.
For more information and to view the LEP Policy Guidance issued by the Department of Justice, HHS, HUD and other federal agencies for recipients of federal funding click here.