This webinar is a primer on immigration laws and regulations for advocates serving Asian survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. It provides a basic introduction to U.S. immigration law and the paths to citizenship, the remedies available to immigrant domestic violence or sexual assault survivors–particularly VAWA protections, battered spouse waivers, and U-Visas–and the rights that all immigrants have, and should know when encountering an ICE officer.
Upcoming webinar: New Immigration Policy Updates and Their Impact on Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence
AIS is hosting a webinar designed for advocates who wish to learn more about how the new administration’s initial immigration policy developments address this chilling effect and may impact the communities we stand with and represent. We will include discussion about new executive orders and actions as well as pending legislation.
Join us to learn how these recent developments might affect survivors and learn about ways you can engage in advocacy efforts to enhance paths to safety and protection.
How COVID-19 and Systemic Responses Are Impacting Asian and Pacific Islander Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
This advisory explains how the COVID-19 outbreak is impacting Asian and Pacific Islander (API) survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and describes policies enacted to address the pandemic including the CARES Act, and API and immigrant survivors’ eligibility for the programs and services offered in the legislation, as well as the implications of utilizing the services. The Advisory also discusses the effect of systematic responses to the COVID-19 crisis and the unique issues that API survivors face that systems must account for to support survivor safety during the pandemic.
Statistics from published and unpublished studies on prevalence of abuse, domestic violence, types of abuse, attitudes towards domestic violence, help seeking attitudes and experiences, service utilization, health and mental health consequences, exposure to family violence in childhood, and domestic violence related homicides.
Survivors of gender-based violence in AANHPI communities often face numerous barriers to meaningfully participating in elections, including safety and privacy concerns, laws that disenfranchise many voters, language barriers, and for survivors who are homeless or living in a shelter, lack of a home address. This advisory will explain the importance of voter participation among survivors in AANHPI communities and ways to support voter safety among survivors.