Assistance for Immigrants

harvesting asparagusImmigrant 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.).

Understanding a survivor’s culture can help the survivor meet their need for safety and stability. That is why it is critical for organizations to hire and support bilingual/bi-cultural advocates. These steps can help your organization reduce the barriers that immigrants face in accessing services.

If you are an immigrant survivor:

If your organization wants to better serve immigrant survivors:

Hiring and supporting bilingual/bi-cultural advocates:

  • Alianzas de Apoyo is a short documentary about how advocates organize and provide advocacy in their communities.
  • Revisit the Inside-Out planning tool and assess whether your organization’s infrastructure supports bilingual/bi-cultural advocates.