In May 2019, a coalition of national organizations gathered feedback from nearly six hundred advocates and attorneys from across the United States, learning that many immigrant victims of domestic and sexual violence are now too afraid to call the police or go to court to get help. The advocates report that survivors have an increased fear of deportation, retaliation by their abusers, and separation from their children.

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Advisory Revised Feb 2022: How Will ‘Public Charge’ Proposed Policy Changes Impact Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault?

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is proposing a new rule that put longstanding policy about the meaning and application of the “public charge” provisions of immigration law into regulation form. This advisory describes provisions under this new proposed rule and how it will impact immigrant survivors of violence, particularly in light of the pandemic.

The Impact of New Proposed Public Charge Rules on Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Human Trafficking, 2022

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The Department of Homeland Security has posted a draft public charge proposed rule to update regulations that guide officials in determining when people seeking entry to or permanent status in the US can be denied, because they are determined to be likely to become a “public charge.” Come join us for a webinar to get an overview of the proposal, to learn about how the proposal impacts immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking, and how the experiences of survivors can impact the final rule.

Advisory: How Do Recent HUD Proposed Rules About Verification of Immigration Status Impact Survivors of Domestic & Sexual Assault?

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed regulations that change longstanding policy relating to immigration status verification requirements and disallowing those ineligible for federal housing assistance (i.e., members of “mixed-status” households) from residing in HUD’s public and specified assisted housing programs. This advisory describes impacts of the proposed rule on immigrant survivors of violence

How Domestic Violence Impacts Immigrant Victims

This chapter in the Handbook of Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan provides an overview of abuser risks, community-generated, and system- generated risks impacting immigrant victims of intimate partner violence and summarizes resources intended to mitigate those risks.

Developed in collaboration with ASISTA, Casa de Esperanza, National Alliance to End Sexual Violence, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, National Network to End Domestic Violence and Tahirih Justice Center

June 2019

A advocate and legal services survey regarding immigrant survivors was also conducted in 2017. Click here for the 2017 survey

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