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MCADSV is recognized nationally and internationally for its innovation in tackling the chronic questions and problems faced by local advocates in providing services to all survivors.

All survivors of domestic or sexual violence should be able to access services and assistance–regardless of immigration status.

Immigrants living in the United States often experience intersecting forms of oppression and violence. These violent experiences  include both the trauma of past abuse and/or the domestic and sexual violence currently being perpetrated against them in the U.S. This often occurs in conjunction with language difficulties, lack of access to information regarding legal rights, and the overall stress of adaptation to new cultural and social structures. Many immigrants also experience multiple forms of discrimination in the U.S. based on gender, race, sexual orientation or national origin.  

The materials on this page are designed for advocates and others working to assist immigrant survivors of violence as they access social services, civil and criminal justice remedies, immigration relief, etc.

 

 IMMIGRATION

 What to do if Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents show up or call your domestic violence or sexual assault victim program

This tip sheet, created by the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, is for advocates working at domestic violence or sexual assault programs who may come into contact with ICE officials during the course of their work.

 

 Assisting Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence, Advocate's Guide

This brief guide from the Battered Justice Women's Project provides a short overview of the needs of newly-arrived battered immigrant women whose immigration status is unsettled.  It includes basic information on how immigration status is used as a weapon against survivors of domestic violence, ways to effective advocacy, and immigration options.

 

 Working with Undocumented Survivors online training

This free, self-paced e-learning course from the from the federal Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) addresses the specific issues faced by undocumented survivors of domestic violence.  

 

 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

 Breaking Barriers Manual

This comprehensive guide from the National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project provides a detailed explanation of domestic violence immigrant survivors’ legal rights under immigration, family, public benefits, and criminal laws and their rights to access a broad range of victim services without regard to immigration status of the immigrant crime victim or their children.

 

SEXUAL VIOLENCE 

Empowering Survivors Manual

This comprehensive guide from the National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project  provides a detailed explanation of sexual violence immigrant survivors' federal and state civil/crimal legal options, in addition to immigration relief, public benefits, social services, language access, and legal services in the United States.

 

CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS

Cultural Competency online training

This free, self-paced e-learning course from the federal Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) addresses how culturally appropriate and effective services can be created and provided by professionals in the domestic violence community and the importance of mastering culturally sensitive attitudes, skills, and behaviors.