Highlights from November 2018
Safety for Immigrant Survivors/Launch of Alliance for Immigrant Survivors Website!
Dear Friends,

Our communities have made tremendous strides in making sure that survivors' voices are heard and helping them navigate trauma and seek safety. Now, as always, we must reiterate how important it is to make sure that immigrant survivors are included in our advocacy. Immigrant survivors -- who may feel trapped between abusive spouses and challenges created by immigration policies, lack of familiarity with dominant cultures, and language barriers -- face additional layers of vulnerability that can in turn be exploited by their abusers.

This month, the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors (AIS), co-chaired by API-GBV, ASISTA Immigration Assistance, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network, and Tahirih Justice Center, launched its website, immigrantsurvivors.org. The website is a space where you can access information an updates on policy proposals impacting immigrant survivors of violence, resources to support your advocacy for survivors, and opportunities to take action. We hope that you will take some time to browse the site and keep informed of updates by signing up for the AIS email list!

Submit your comment opposing the harmful public charge proposal.
You’ve likely heard by now about the Administration’s new public charge proposal that would put immigrant survivors of violence and their families, including children, at risk if they use crucial public programs such as healthcare and food and housing assistance to escape from abuse and rebuild their lives. The good news? This is still a proposal and not yet in place . You have until December 10 to submit a comment on the proposed public charge rule to highlight the negative impact it would have on survivors and our communities.

Visit the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors Public Charge Action Page to learn more about the proposal, how to submit comments, and ways you can take action today.

Webinar: What’s Next for VAWA Reauthorization and the Immigration Provisions in VAWA?
Monday, December 3, 2018 | 10:00 – 11:30 am PT

This webinar will introduce the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors (AIS) and provide an overview of AIS’ work, mission, and resources for advocates and allies to engage in policy initiatives that ensure immigrant survivors of gender-based violence have access to life-saving protections and services.

The webinar will be led by the Co-Chairs of AIS who coordinate the Immigration Subcommittee of the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (NTF). The presenters will discuss the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and cover the following topics:
  • History and background of VAWA and the reauthorization process
  • Critical immigration provisions and protections included in VAWA
  • Implications of recent administrative and legislative policies and their impact on VAWA protections
  • Status, next steps, and efforts by the NTF to reauthorize VAWA
  • Opportunities for advocacy surrounding VAWA reauthorization

If you are an advocate working with survivors, particularly immigrant survivors, or are involved or interested in learning more about legislative efforts to support survivors, we encourage you to join the webinar!

Alliance For Immigrant Survivors (AIS) is a network of advocates and allies across the country dedicated to defending and advocating for policies that ensure immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and other gender-based abuses have access to life-saving protections that ALL survivors of violence deserve.
More resources on advocacy for immigrant survivors:

Story Collection: Impact of VAWA Self-Petitions:
ASISTA is collecting stories to demonstrate that VAWA self-petitions are an invaluable tool helping survivors thrive and escape abusive relationships. Also wanted are stories about abusers trying to interfere with or seek information about a survivor's immigration case. If you have a story to share, please fill out the survey.
In this season of gratitude, we are thankful for the 160+ agencies providing culturally-specific services to API survivors across the U.S. and territories! Read about the extraordinary range of evidence-informed practices they employ in support survivors in our report on the A-Z Advocacy Model.
Our thoughts are with those affected by the Camp and Paradise fires. As resources are taxed in the wake of natural disasters, the most vulnerable are the first to be left behind, and rates of domestic and sexual violence often increase. Please consider lending your time or resources to your local domestic violence shelter during this time. You can use our Directory to locate one in your area.
Committed to ensuring equal access for survivors? Join our team! 3 positions open now -- 1 in finance and 2 in language access.

Proposed "Public Charge" policy changes could penalize immigrant survivors seeking services like food and healthcare.

Deadline extended: Seeking Asian immigrant/refugee women for study on risk factors & DV homicide prevention!

We offer free consultation and training! Send requests to info@api-gbv.org
#16Days of Activism against Gender Violence
During the #16Days of activism, (Nov 25-Dec 10), we are drawing attention to 16 types of violence affecting women and girls in API communities. Follow along on Twitter @apigbv or Facebook.com/apigbv, or help spread awarness by posting our shareables to your networks!
News and Updates from the Field:
Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence