Web Banner

Empowering the Survivor: How Legal and Social Services Advocates Can Work Together to Support Immigrant Survivors of Crime

Session 1: 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM  |  Room 306

Providing immigrant survivors of crime with their best chance of success involves understanding how to properly support the client not only in their legal case but in access to resources and services. When an immigrant experiences a crime in the US, they are facing numerous barriers to accessing justice including language, immigration status, and access to culturally specific supportive services. A holistic approach to supportive services is critical to ensure that these survivors can seek safety, healing and stability. Through the following learning objectives, we will demonstrate how legal and social services advocates can work together to apply an interdisciplinary approach in order to empower your pro bono client. In this panel, attendees will learn about:

  • the unique barriers faced by immigrant survivors;
  • the basics of immigration legal remedies for immigrant survivors;
  • how to access social supports and benefits to improve stability for survivors; and
  • how a trauma-informed interdisciplinary approach provides greater support and access for immigrant survivors.


  1. Feamma Reyes, Tahirih Justice Center
  2. Virginia Moraleda Cabezas, Kids in Need of Defense
  3. Stephen Brown, HIAS