YOU can Help with Research on Housing Experiences of Immigrant Women

This is a courtesy posting from National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project
We are seeking your assistance in learning more about the problems immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and abused, abandoned and run away children have in accessing transitional housing and public and assisted housing by completing a two-part survey by Thursday, December 12th.
Since 2001, undocumented immigrants who are homeless, victims of domestic violence, or runaway, abused or abandoned children have been eligible as a matter of law to access transitional housing.  The first goal of this survey is to learn the extent to which immigrant crime victims have been successful or have encountered barriers that impede their access to transitional housing.  This survey, available at, should take less than 30 minutes to complete.
Our second goal is to learn the extent to which battered immigrant VAWA self-petitioners and their children have been able to access public and assisted housing.  In 1996 immigration and benefits laws made VAWA self-petitioners who received prima facie determinations “qualified immigrants,” eligible to live in public and assisted housing units and to receive subsidies on their own behalf in addition to what their citizen children may qualify for.  To qualify the victim must remove the perpetrator from the public or assisted housing unit and have the unit transferred to their or their child’s name.  This survey is designed to learn the extent to which battered immigrant VAWA self-petitioners have been able to access these important benefits and how not having access to public or assisted housing for themselves in addition to their children affects the lives and safety of battered immigrants and their children.  It is available at and is about half as long as the first part.
We thank you in advance for taking the time to participate in this survey and forwarding it to other service providers. We will distribute the results widely: to you, your organization, and to government agencies. The knowledge we gain from this survey, regarding how delays in access to work authorization affect immigrant victims and their children, will assist police, prosecutors, attorneys, and advocates working with immigrant victims to improve safety, legal protections and case planning.
Leslye Orloff, Director
National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP, pronounced new-app)
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW · Room 465 · Washington, DC 20016-8181
(o) 202.274.4190 · (f) 202.274.4226 · ·
For technical assistance, call NIWAP at 202-274-4457 or email
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