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Supporting Immigrant Survivors of Violence in Our Communities

October 2019 Webinar

Supporting Immigrant Survivors of Violence in Our Communities

Abusers often use the threat of immigration enforcement as a way to gain power and control and to make immigrant victims less likely to seek protection. In the current climate, immigrant survivors of violence fear reporting abuse and accessing services. This interactive webinar will use case scenarios to highlight special forms of immigration relief for survivors, review what protections and services are available regardless of immigration status, and share strategies on how to engage in both individual and systems advocacy to protect immigrant survivors access to safety and justice.

Free for members / $25 for non-members


Rosie Hidalgo, J.D., has worked in the movement to end domestic violence for nearly 25 years. Currently, she is the Senior Director of Public Policy for Casa de Esperanza: National [email protected] Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a national domestic violence resource center with a focus on providing training, research, and policy advocacy. She also serves on the Biden Foundation’s Advisory Council for Ending Violence Against Women. Rosie previously served as the Deputy Director for Policy at the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). At the start of her legal career, Rosie worked as an attorney at legal services programs for low-income families in New York City and in Northern Virginia.

Cecelia Friedman Levin serves as Senior Policy Counsel at ASISTA Immigration Assistance, where she focuses on policy, technical assistance, and trainings related to immigration remedies for survivors of crime. Before joining ASISTA in 2012, Cecelia worked as a supervising attorney at Women Empowered Against Violence in Washington, DC representing survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in civil and immigration cases. She has also provided legal representation in a variety of defensive and affirmative immigration applications as a staff attorney at Ayuda in Washington, DC.