WSCADV joins the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF) to oppose the recent arrest and detention of the immigrant transgender domestic violence survivor who was seeking a protection order from her abusive partner in El Paso, Texas. This sets a dangerous precedent about immigration enforcement priorities, and creates a chilling effect for immigrant survivors of sexual and domestic violence, further marginalizing them as they consider reaching out to law enforcement or the courts to seek help.
Recent expansion of immigration enforcement priorities has created fear and uncertainty within immigrant communities. It is important for advocates to continue providing accurate information to survivors about their rights, and help them safety plan in light of these egregious immigration enforcement actions.
Click here to view a recorded webinar on Enhanced Safety Planning for Immigrant Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence that was hosted by ASISTA on Friday, February 24, 2017.
Know Your Rights Information for Advocates and Survivors
- Many survivors do not know what to expect when traveling through a port of entry (airport, or otherwise). Prepare survivors for travel and what they should expect.
- What to do if ICE agents come to the door, from ACLU. Programs can follow the same principles if officers come to your shelter program.
- Know your rights information in multiple languages from the Immigrant Defense Project.
- Q&A for Advocates and Attorneys serving survivors of gender based violence, from the National Latin@ Project.
- More information and resources are available from Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, ACLU of Washington, Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), and Immigrant Legal Resource Center
We want to hear from you
If you have questions or concerns about advocacy and supporting immigrant survivors, please contact Ankita at firstname.lastname@example.org or Gaby at email@example.com with our Crossing Borders Immigration project.