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In This Issue
CB Goes Worldwide
VAWA Update
Get Clear About Court
Divorce and DV
Immigration Enfrocement
Survey Says!
Stay Connected

Dear Crossing Borders Advocates,

Welcome to the 10th issue of COLLECTIVE VOICE, Immigration News You Can Use!

world women's conference 

As winter comes to an end many opportunities have sprung, giving us the chance to gather with other advocates who are working with immigrant and refugee survivors of domestic and sexual violence.


The 2nd World Conference of Women's Shelters brought together advocates from across the world to share lessons learned. More than thirteen of our friends represented Washington State.


Check out our presentation to see how Crossing Borders contributed to this conference, and read our handout to learn about stellar advocacy happening here at home.




The Violence Against Women's Act is up for renewal, and it includes provisions that could significantly impact immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Take a look at what the National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence has to say about the VAWA, and learn how this important piece of legislation could change the way you work with immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence.


TAKE ACTION: The National Immigration Project  is seeking stories of immigrant women to help with the reauthorization of VAWA. Please send the stories via email to Ellen Kemp.



HOW TECHNOLOGY CAN HELP: Text Messaging Service for Immigrants


As we all know, for many immigrants, the laws and regulations that govern the process of naturalization are intimidating. That's why CitizenshipWorks , a project of the Immigration Advocates Network launched a nationwide text messaging campaign, which sends immigrants information texterabout United States citizenship and helps them to access free or low-cost legal help in their area.


For more information on this campaign HERE.








Washington Law help has various publications on the subject of

domestic violence and the legal system.

HERE you will find information on housing, employment and immigration rights for survivors of domestic violence.  





Want to learn more about divorce in Washington State?


This handbook provides in-depth information on the divorce process, including parenting plans, parental rights and restraining orders.  


The Applied Research Center recently published a groundbreaking report on the intersection of immigration enforcement and the child welfare system. The report found that immigrant survivors of domestic violence are at the highest risk of losing their children to the child welfare system, especially when immigration enforcement and police are involved.



Child Dependency Cases and Court Mandated Perpetrator Treatment, we hear it can be challenging, especially when working with immigrants. Take our survey HERE, and tell us about your experiences in these two areas. 





Spring is a great time to start anew! Get connected to creative ways to work with survivors in our communities.


Check out the Asian & Pacific Islander Advocacy Institute in Minneapolis this May (available to rural and arrest grantees) and the National Latin@ Institute in Austin. Click HERE to register for one or both of these institutes!


Northwest Immigrants Rights Project is proving an Immigrant 101 training for service providers. Find dates and registration information.


Follow us on facebook for updates on what WSCADV is doing.


Visit us on CBonline for resources and information on how to improve your work with immigrant and refugee populations.

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Summer Carrick, Crossing Borders Project Coordinator | 360-586-1022 x306
Paola Morinigo, Crossing Borders Project Specialist | 360-586-1022 x307