Supporting Survivors at the Intersection of Immigration and Child Welfare

Supporting Survivors at the Intersection of Immigration and Child Welfare

Wednesday, December 16, 2020, 3:00pm-4:30pm EST (12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. PST) 

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This webinar is hosted by Futures Without Violence in partnership with Casa de Esperanza’s National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Latinos United for Peace and Equity (LUPE) of Caminar Latino, featuring Violence Intervention Program.

Audience: Domestic Violence advocates, Child Welfare workers, and Family Services providers. 

Over 18 million children in the US have at least one parent who is an immigrant. About 5.5 million children (including 4.5 million children who are U.S.-born citizens) live in mixed-legal status families with at least one parent who is an unauthorized immigrant. Immigrant survivors of domestic violence and their children often face additional barriers to safety and wellbeing. Abusers can use the threat of detention, deportation or being separated from children to maintain power and control. Systems can fail to support immigrant survivors.

This webinar will provide information and resources for advocates and child welfare workers. Presenters will share the current research about detention and the importance of trauma-informed approaches for survivors and their children. They will talk about special immigration remedies for survivors under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and Trafficking Victims Protection Act. They will discuss guidelines for child welfare to support family reunification when a parent is in detention and share how COVID-19 has affected immigrant families who are involved with child welfare. Finally, presenters will highlight the importance of enhanced safety planning to make sure immigrant survivors know their rights and can access help.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will: 

  • Understand the issues affecting immigrant survivors, particularly if they are involved in the child welfare system or at risk of detention;
  • Learn about immigration remedies and confidentiality protections under VAWA for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and trafficking;
  • Understand the rights of immigrant parents at the intersection of child welfare and immigration systems and how to support reunification efforts;
  • Learn about enhanced safety planning for immigrant survivors and promising practices



  • Click here to download Resource List – Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities
  • Click here to download Maria’s Case Study – Violence Intervention Program
  • Click here to download Personalized Safety Plans for Survivors – Violence Intervention Program

Questions? Accessibility Needs? Please contact Lilly Valore at logo-4-0These webinars are supported by Grant Number 90EV0434 from the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The content of these webinars does not necessarily reflect the view or policies of the funder, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.