Free Training and Technical Assistance Available for OVW Grantees from NIWAP

The National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP) (pronounced new-app) is a non-profit public policy advocacy organization that promotes the implementation and use of laws, policies, and practices to improve legal rights, services, and assistance for immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, and other crimes. NIWAP provides free access to direct technical assistance, resources, and training, funded by Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), to attorneys, advocates, judges, police, sheriffs, prosecutors, and other professionals whose work affects immigrant women, children, and immigrant crime victims at the Federal, State and local levels. Topics include: immigration law (VAWA, T and U visas), family law, public benefits law, housing, health care, legal services and language access. Technical assistance is available at info@niwap.org and (202) 274-4457.

NIWAP is pleased to announce their new OVW funded project, U Visa Certification and Language Access: Strengthening Law Enforcement and Prosecutorial Assistance to Immigrant Victims, which provides direct peer-to-peer technical assistance and training (in person and via webinars) to law enforcement personnel and prosecutors by an expert panel comprised of law enforcement officials and immigration attorneys. This is the first national curriculum on language access which will:

• review federal language access laws,
• introduce dialogue tips to identify language needs,
• establish best practices for securing the crime scene,
• discuss the limitations of informal interpreters, and
• highlight the importance of obtaining a qualified interpreter prior to receiving information that will become part of the criminal case investigation or prosecution.

This project is a collaboration between NIWAP; the National Sheriff's Association (NSA); AEquitas - the Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women; VIDA Legal Assistance; American Gateways; and law enforcement experts from six jurisdictions across the U.S. We encourage all grantees and partners of law enforcement and prosecution agencies who are interested in hosting a local training to contact us. Through this project, NIWAP and its partners will go to your jurisdiction to hold trainings for departments seeking assistance, host a series of free webinars and quarterly conference calls to support certifiers working with immigrant victims of crime.

NIWAP is also recruiting family law attorneys who work with immigrant survivors to apply to join their new Community of Practice (COP). This will be the first COP in the country providing support and assistance to family lawyers representing immigrant women and children survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, human trafficking, elder abuse and/or child abuse. NIWAP is seeking applicants who are OVW Legal Assistance, STOP, Arrest and Rural grantees, grant partners and subgrantees. The application is available online at www.niwap.org/go/COPApplication .