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Supporting Latin@ Immigrant Survivors

February 1, 2024 | Return to REACH Hub
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A survivor’s story is one of the most important pieces of evidence for getting a VAWA self-petition or a U visa. But having to share experiences of abuse can be retraumatizing and triggering. So, creating a safe and comfortable environment for survivors is crucial. You can learn more about VAWA and U visas and how to provide support by attending our upcoming virtual webinar:

Trauma-Informed Approaches to Support Latin@ Immigrant Survivors through Their Immigration Process

Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at 2:00 PM EST

Register now!

As advocates, it’s important to listen actively to survivors’ experiences and validate their feelings. Survivors may feel ashamed or guilty about what happened to them, so it’s essential to let them know they are not to blame.

In addition to creating a safe space, it’s important to prioritize their psychological well-being by helping them develop an emotional safety plan. Doing so can help survivors feel more comfortable and in control. The plan should be tailored to the individual and may include:

  • Recognizing triggers
  • Identifying trusted friends or family members who can provide emotional support
  • Practicing self-care techniques such as meditation or breathing exercises
  • Seeking professional help if necessary

Every survivor’s experience is unique. Some may not be ready to share their story, while others may want to share it in a specific way. By prioritizing the safety and well-being of each individual, we can help survivors navigate the complex legal process with more confidence and resilience. Ultimately, we aim to empower survivors to reclaim their lives and move forward with their healing journey.

We invite you to build your skills by joining our upcoming webinar, Trauma-Informed Approaches to Support Latin@ Immigrant Survivors through Their Immigration Process, on 3/5/2024 at 2 PM EST. This webinar is a partnership between WomensLaw, Esperanza United, and ASISTA.

In the meantime, if you have any specific questions, you can use the bilingual WomensLaw Email Hotline to get timely, personalized legal information and referrals and have a follow-up chat with an attorney.