We know that immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence face extra barriers to getting help. These include language and cultural barriers, misinformation about their rights, and difficulty in navigating complex systems (housing, benefits, health care, immigration, etc.).
Organizations that aspire to serve immigrant survivors can begin by expanding their understanding of how a survivor’s culture can help the survivor meet their need for safety and stability. That is why it is critical for organizations to learn how to hire and support bilingual/bicultural advocates. These steps can help your organization reduce the barriers that immigrants face in accessing our services.
If you are an immigrant survivor:
- Northwest Immigrant Rights Project offers direct legal representation on immigration issues.
- Northwest Justice Project offers non-criminal (civil) legal representation to low income survivors.
- The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services offers limited food, cash, and medical benefits for immigrant survivors and their children.
If you’re an organization that wants to better serve immigrant survivors:
- Crossing Borders: Critical Thinking and Best Practices gives different perspectives on how you can provide advocacy for immigrant survivors.
- Inside-Out: Strengthening Advocacy and Services for Refugee, Immigrant, and Limited English Proficient Survivors is a planning tool for your organization to take practical steps to strengthening advocacy for immigrant survivors.