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“An Introduction to Law Enforcement Use of the U-Visa”

Webinar recording, February 10, 2011.
Length: Approximately 58 minutes.

This webinar goes over the process of U visa certification for law enforcement officials.

This webinar was produced through the National Immigrant Victims’ Access to Justice Partnership, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Vera Institute of Justice, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit center for justice policy and practice, and Legal Momentum, a national policy organization specializing in crime victim assistance and legal protections for immigrant crime victims, are partners in this project.

Faculty: Deputy Chief Pete Helein of the Appleton Police Department in Wisconsin; Lieutenant Chris Cole of the Storm Lake Police Department in Iowa; Rodolfo Estrada of the Vera Institute of Justice; Edna Yang of American Gateways; and Legal Momentum.

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Law Enforcement and Advocates Partnering to Better Serve Immigrant Crime Victims

Webinar recording, October 5th, 2011.
Length: 60 minutes.

On October 5, 2011, Legal Momentum and the Vera Institute of Justice, through the National Immigrant Victims’ Access to Justice Partnership, hosted a webinar on how law enforcement agencies and community advocates can build and maintain partnerships that better serve immigrant crime victims. These partnerships can build upon a tool that is available to all law enforcement: the U visa. Approval of a U visa petition provides temporary legal status to undocumented immigrant victims who are helpful to law enforcement.

This webinar was produced through the National Immigrant Victims’ Access to Justice Partnership, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Vera Institute of Justice, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit center for justice policy and practice, and Legal Momentum, a national policy organization specializing in crime victim assistance and legal protections for immigrant crime victims, are partners in this project.

Faculty: Detective Stacey Ivie of the Alexandria Police Department; Natalie Nanasi, J.D., of the Tahirih Justice Center; and Pradine Saint Fort, J.D., of the Vera Institute.

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Blue Campaign: Law Enforcement Discussion of Immigration Relief

Roll Call Videos for Law Enforcement on U Visa Certification and T Visa Endorsement, April 2013.

Length: 9.5 minutes and 10.5 minutes.

These roll call videos for law enforcement were developed under a collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, American University, Washington College of Law.

The videos describe local law enforcement’s role in collaborating with DHS in identification of immigrant victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and other crimes and the importance of signing U visa certifications and T visa endorsements in for immigrant crime victims.

Part I (9.5 minutes)

Part II (10.5 minutes)

This project was supported by Grant No. 2009-DG-BX-K018 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the SMART Office, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the United States Department of Justice.)

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Are you a STOP grantee? Apply for a training scholarship

Are you a STOP grantee interested in attending our December 2016 training, “Addressing Culture: Systemic Responses to Underserved Immigrant Populations“?  NIWAP is able to offer a limited number of scholarships for travel expenses.

The scholarships will be available only to STOP subgrantees that do not have travel funds available in their grant.

To apply for a scholarship please complete the following steps:

Eligibility will include:

  • Confirming your status as a STOP grantee; and
  • NIWAP must obtain confirmation of your STOP grant status and obtain support for your scholarship application from your state STOP administrator’s office.

Please see the training page for more information on the conference, and view the draft conference agenda at http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/2016/09/nolaagenda/.  Contact Rocio Molina at (240) 480-6378 or molina@wcl.american.edu with any additional questions or comments on this conference.

 

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Healthcare Newsletter • April 2015

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NIWAP Newsletter • Healthcare • April 2015

Healthcare laws in the United States have undergone major changes over the past several years. The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010 created both an entirely new way to obtain healthcare in the U.S. and also expanded on some of the preexisting healthcare access options. These changes affect everyone, including immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, human trafficking and other crimes. This newsletter will provide an overview of and links to further information and resources on current laws governing access to healthcare, insurance and subsidies for immigrant survivors.

Register for NIWAP’s upcoming webinar:
Healthcare: Understanding the Affordable Care Act and How it Affects Immigrant Survivors
April 16, 2015 at 2:00 pm

In this Issue:

NIWAP offers technical assistance to advocates, attorneys, judges, court staff, police, prosecutors, social services and health care providers, and others working with immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking. To submit your questions, email info@niwap.org or call us at 202-274-4457.


NIWAP addresses the needs of immigrant women, immigrant children and immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, human trafficking and other crimes by advocating for reforms in law, policy and practice.

NIWAP is a national provider of training, legal and social science research, policy development, and technical assistance to advocates, attorneys, pro bono law firms, law schools, universities, law enforcement, prosecutors, social service and health care providers, justice system personnel, and other professionals who work with immigrant women, children and crime victims. Our work supports those in the field and in government who work to improve laws, regulations, policies, and practices to enhance legal options and opportunities for immigrant women and children.

NIWAP provides training and technical assistance on a broad range of issues of importance to immigrant women and children, including VAWA immigration and confidentiality, family law, protection orders, public benefits, language access, cultural competency, and access to services, including shelter, transitional housing, health care, and education.

© 2015 National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project. The contents of this publication may be reprinted. Any reprinting must be accompanied by the following acknowledgement: This material was reprinted from the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, American University, Washington College of Law.

This project was developed under grant number 2013-TA-AX-K009 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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Free Technical Assistance and Resources for Professionals Serving Immigrant and Refugee Women and Children

The National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP, pronounced new-app) is a national provider of training, legal and social science research, policy development and technical assistance to advocates, attorneys, pro bono law firms, law schools, universities, federal, state and local law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, court staff, social services and health care providers, justice system personnel and other professionals who work with immigrant women, children and crime victims. We offer assistance on a broad range of issues including access to services, safety and legal rights.

Please see this flyer for details, or see below:

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Two Fact Sheets on the Importance of Immigrant Crime Victim Relief, DACA and DAPA

NIWAP staff and students have developed two factsheets which bring the experiences of immigrant women and immigrant crime victims into the National discussion and debate on immigration.  Several  amendments strove to impede implementation of an expanded DACA program and initiation of the DAPA program, but both programs bring significant benefits for immigrant victims. The second factsheet summarizes why how the DeSantis amendment would only serve to eliminate DHS authority to grant humanitarian waivers for victims of domestic violence.

Impact of DeSantis Amendment on Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence
By: Rachel Feuer, Alexandra Iannolo, Benish Anver & Leslye Orloff
February 3, 2015

The DeSantis Amendment will undermine long established protections for immigrant domestic violence victims created in the Violence Against Women Acts of 2000 and 2005 by eliminating the Domestic Violence Victim Waiver and other U visa waiver protections for immigrant victims of domestic violence who wrongfully end up with domestic violence convictions.

Why Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of U.S. Citizen and Lawful Permanent Resident Children (DAPA) is Critical in Promoting Immigrant Crime Victim Cooperation with the Criminal Justice System
By: Wojciech Koval, Nicholas Thies, Benish Anver & Leslye Orloff
February 9, 2015

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NIWAP Newsletter: February 2015 edition

Vol. 1 • Issue 3 • February 2015

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Report: “Early Access to Work Authorization”

NIWAP’s report “Early Access to Work Authorization for VAWA Self-Petitioners and U Visa Applicants,” published last year, summarizes the purpose, history, and importance of work authorization for immigrant survivors of domestic violence. It also summarizes a 2013 NIWAP survey of service providers about the length of time their clients spent waiting for work authorization, what they did during the waiting period, and their experiences after receiving work authorization.

The initial process of obtaining a work authorization often takes too long and exposes immigrant survivors of violence to retaliation, coercion, and further harm including incidents of violence and abuse.

Learn more from the report, linked below:

Early Access to Work Authorization for VAWA Self-Petitioners and U Visa Applicants
By: Krisztina E. Szabo, David Stauffer, Benish Anver, and Leslye E. Orloff
February 12, 2014

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