On Wednesday, October 30th from 2:00pm to 3:30pm Eastern time, the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP), the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA), and Legal Momentum will be presenting the first of two webinars on providing trauma-informed assistance to survivors who need to write personal stories as part of their immigration case:

Trauma-Informed Care: Promoting Healing While Strengthening Survivors’ Immigration Cases

This 90-minute webinar will be the fifth in a series of seven webinars designed to support Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), grantees working with immigrant survivors of violence. This webinar will address strategies that focus on trauma-informed advocacy for immigrants who have experienced domestic violence, sexual abuse, or other traumatic experiences, and may be eligible for VAWA self-petition, U Visa, or T Visa immigration relief. Presenters will introduce an advocacy approach that couples (1) trauma-focused writing intervention, shown to reduce the psychological impact of trauma exposure, with (2) a record of the trauma survivors’ personal experience of domestic violence, sexual abuse, or other qualifying traumatic event in a culturally relevant manner which will enhance the evidence submitted in their immigration relief applications. This webinar aims to educate advocates and attorneys about the numerous benefits of this writing intervention exercise both psychologically and in strengthening survivors’ immigration cases while equipping participants with the best practices to appropriately and efficiently help survivors heal from the effects of trauma by using writing interventions.
Visit NIWAP to register for the webinar.
Closed captioning is available. 
Please contact Levi Wolberg at wolberg@wcl.american.edu with any technical questions about registration, and contact Rocio Molina at molina@wcl.american.edu with any other questions.
Note: The recordings, slideshow presentations, and other materials from past webinars in this series are available online at our web library: