The National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP, pronounced new-app) was formed to educate, train, offer technical assistance and public policy advocacy, and conduct research that will assist a wide range of professionals working at the Federal, State, and local levels who work with and/or whose work affects immigrant women and children. Our work is designed to promote the development, implementation, and use of laws, policies, and practices that benefit immigrant women and children.

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We have answers! For technical assistance on the legal rights of immigrant crime victims, please contact us at (202)274-4457 or at

Upcoming Events

December 1st, 2014 Webinar, 2:00pm to 3:30pm
“Expert Advice for Judges: How to Handle U Visa Certification Requests”
Presented by National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project at American University, Washington College of Law (NIWAP, pronounced new-app) in partnership with the State Justice Institute (SJI), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Presenters Scott Whelan, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Leslye Orloff, Director, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP), American University Washington College of Law; Hon. Lora Livingston (Travis County Courts, Austin, TX – Invited); Hon. Gustavo N. Sztraicher (Los Angeles Superior Court – Invited); David Lee, California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) will cover topics including:
  • An overview of the law regarding U visa certification by judges
  • Up-to-date legally correct information from DHS on U visa certification and U visa regulations and policies
  • Discussion of why U visa certification from judges was included in the statute as a viable option for victims
  • Best practices for state and federal judges signing U visa certification including timing of judicial certification in civil and criminal cases
  • Practice pointers for judges on completing the U visa certification form.
There is no deadline to register---please visit the registration page for registration and more information. This webinar is free.
For further questions, please contact NIWAP at or 202.274.4457.

You can also view and register for other upcoming webinars and trainings in your area.



April 21, 2014
Video "Hands-on Training on Trauma-Informed Work" posted
This two hour online training for advocates and attorneys working with immigrant crime victims will teach techniques (including physical body language communication) to facilitate information gathering from clients who are suffering the effects of trauma during the process of developing affidavits recounting the personal details of their ordeals.
A higher quality version of the video will be uploaded soon!
March 12, 2014
Report "Early Access to Work Authorization for VAWA Self-Petitioners and U Visa Applicants" posted
This report, completed in February, makes the case for the importance of quick access to work authorization for immigrant victims of crime. Download it at
January 14, 2014
Seminar Projects for Immigrant Women: Law and Policy Spring semester course.
The list of seminar projects for the Immigrant Women: Law and Policy course outlines some of the projects that NIWAP is currently working on. Click here to download it.
August 15, 2013
The DHS roll call training videos for law enforcement were released on June 14, 2013! They can be viewed on the web at our YouTube channel: Part I and Part II. For assistance in downloading the videos, please contact us at
We are also excited to announce that we will be extending our popular series of webinars on topics relevant to those who work with immigrant crime victims from five webinars to seven! Keep an eye on our trainings page for announcements.
April 19, 2013
Read our new report, National Survey of Service Providers on Police Response to Immigrant Crime Victims, U Visa Certification and Language Access (published April 16, 2013)