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Assault on Battered Immigrants: HR 4970 Undoes VAWA Protections and Risks Lives

" 'This will get people killed,' my colleague and I agreed while we reviewed the “Immigration Provisions” of HR 4970, the bill introduced in the House in April, ostensibly to “reauthorize” the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) originally promulgated in 1994...

Confidentiality Crucial to VAWA

"The political climate in Congress is so noxious these days that even a law that originally passed with overwhelming bipartisan support because it provided much-needed help to abused women is now a partisan issue. That's shameful. Republicans in the House should drop their attempts...

Lamar Smith Can't Support VAWA Fraud Claim

"Lamar Smith—who seems to be the House of Representatives’ self-appointed immigration fraud watchdog—claims that “there are no safeguards in place to prevent fraud or to prevent an immigrant from fabricating tales,” but that simply is untrue. The United States...

USCIS Draft Memo for Comment: EAD Eligibility; VAWA; Battered Spouses

Eligibility for Employment Authorization upon Approval of a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petition; and, Eligibility for Employment Authorization for Battered Spouses of Certain Nonimmigrants - "This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ...

House GOP Says Immigrant Suffering Hurts Less Than Citizen Suffering

"Where is the outrage over VAWA? With Republicans claiming to have heard and now to understand the increasingly pro-female and pro-immigrant voices of the new electorate, the VAWA debacle suggests that the GOP is still clueless. Are the "innocent victims" of domestic violence any less...

AAO VAWA Self-Petitioner I-601 / I-212 Waiver Victory

"Upon review, the AAO finds that the applicant has established a sufficient connection between the battering and subjection to extreme cruelty she suffered at the hands of her former spouse and her departure and reentry to the United States that gave rise to inadmissibility under section 212(a)...

Unpub. BIA GMC, Discretion Victory in OKC VAWA Cancellation Case

"[A]lthough the respondent's ability to leave the abusive relationship and the length of time she has been out of the relationship weigh against a favorable exercise of discretion in this case, we ultimately conclude that this and the other negative discretionary considerations are outweighed...

DHS Webinar: ICE's Efforts to Combat Violence Against Women, Jan. 28, 2014

E-Mail: From: CISOmbudsman.PublicAffairs [mailto:CISOmbudsman.PublicAffairs@hq.dhs.gov] Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 1:17 PM To: CISOmbudsman.PublicAffairs Subject: DHS CCVAW Invitation for Webinar: ICE's Efforts to Combat Violence Against Women Please join the U.S. Department of Homeland...

USCIS Webinar, Feb. 19, 2014: Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites interested members of the law enforcement community to participate in a webinar training session on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the various relief options available to victims of human trafficking...

News Excerpts From the April 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Clarifies “Reason to Believe” Standard for I-601A Provisional Waivers | On March 18, 2014, USCIS sent an e-mail to stakeholders seeking to cure confusion surrounding the regulation that prohibits the granting of provisional waivers to noncitizens who the agency has “reason...

Webinar July 16, 2014: Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a webinar training session on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss relief options available to victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes. During...

Exception to the Two-Year Custody and Two-Year Residency Requirement for Abused Adopted Children: USCIS Policy Memo

"This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers in adjudicating Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er) or Special Immigrant, filed by a self-petitioning adopted child, when the adopted child has been battered or abused." -...

Domestic Violence and the Plight of the Unauthorized Migrant: Hon. Mimi Tsankov

"VAWA provides wide-ranging support, including enhanced immigration-related prosecution measures, expanded and better-coordinated federal and state enforcement partnerships, comprehensive immigration law benefits for victims, and expanded federal financial support and guidance for state and local...

Oct. 15th USCIS Webinar: Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes

Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a webinar training session on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to...

USCIS Interim Memo for Comment - VAWA amendments to the Cuban Adjustment Act: Continued Eligibility for Abused Spouses and Children

"This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers regarding the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Cuban Adjustment Act (CAA). The amendments provide for continued eligibility for adjustment of status under section 1 of...

July 16, 2015 USCIS Webinar - T and U visas and VAWA

"USCIS invites you to a webinar on Thursday, July 16, 2015, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) on T and U visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) . This webinar is intended for community-based organizations, social service agencies and advocates. Representatives from our Office of Policy and...

Free USCIS Webinar Today, July 16, 2015, on T and U visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

"USCIS invites you to a webinar on Thursday, July 16, 2015, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) on T and U visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) . This webinar is intended for community-based organizations, social service agencies and advocates. Representatives from our Office of Policy...

USCIS Policy Memo on VAWA Authorized EADs

USCIS, Mar. 8, 2016 - "This policy memorandum (PM) provides guidance to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officers regarding the amendment to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) that expands eligibility for employment authorization to battered spouses of certain nonimmigrants...

Webinar - T and U Visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), July 20, 2016

" USCIS invites you to a webinar on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) on T and U visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) , immigration relief for victims for human trafficking, domestic violence and other serious crimes. This webinar is intended for community-based...