ASISTA IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE

Immigrants live in a just world free from violence.

aka ASISTA Immigration Assistance   |   Suffield, CT   |  www.asistahelp.org

Mission

Our mission is to advance the dignity, rights, and liberty of immigrant survivors of violence.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Kirsten Rambo

Main address

PO Box 12

Suffield, CT 06078 USA

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EIN

26-3233209

NTEE code info

Minority Rights (R22)

Women's Rights (R24)

Legal Services (I80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Immigrant victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault in the U.S. today are more vulnerable than at any other time in the past 25 years. Too terrified to tell anyone they need help, go to an emergency room or shelter, request a restraining order, or dial 911, immigrant victims are in danger of receding perilously into the shadows. As our government ramps up deportation, ASISTA Immigration Assistance leads the fight to ensure these victims can access safety and justice. We are undaunted defenders of immigrant victims’ rights, supporting on-the-ground advocates and lawyers who work with them. Your partnership and backing are urgently needed to support this life and death struggle.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Technical Assistance

ASISTA provides technical assistance to private attorneys, NGOs, others who work with immigrant survivors of violence.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

ASISTA provides leadership in working with the federal government to fix both individual cases and systemic problems facing immigrant survivors of crime seeking secure immigration status.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

ASISTA provides frequent webinars and in-person trainingsfor attorneys, advocates and others who work with immigrant crime survivors

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Coordinating the field to litigate in federal court, pairing litigator newcomers with litigator mentors, and spearheading key litigation that forces government's accountability for its policy attacks on survivors.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of list subscribers

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants and migrants

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of organizations accessing technical assistance offerings

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Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Technical Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of organization members

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Related Program

Technical Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of new organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Technical Assistance

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of Facebook followers

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our long-term goal is to help immigrant survivors of crimes, especially women, overcome legal hurdles to full participation in our society, which in turn helps free them from the patriarchal and racial discrimination that hampers their ability to become leaders for immigrants' and women's rights. We focus on what we do best (legal and policy work) but the political organizing background of our leaders informs our "mutiple-strategies" approach to social change. Collaborating with partners from many different communities ensures all our scarce resources are used to best advantage (a team approach to leadership) and contributes to a more holistic approach to helping immigrant survivors of crimes achieve independence.

1- Provide comprehensive, cutting edge technical assistance and resources to those assisting non-citizen survivors of violence in the immigration law arena;

2- Train lawyers, domestic violence and sexual assault advocates, law enforcement personnel, and civil and criminal court judges;

3- Collaborate with grassroots organizations and other national groups to continue developing strategic and coordinated approaches to improve federal and local policies and to pass and improve laws that help immigrant survivors of violence;

4- Work closely with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials to ensure laws are implemented correctly and to resolve policy issues before litigation is required.

ASISTA staff have significant experience in the immigration law and violence against women fields, with expertise not only in training and providing technical assistance to those working with immigrant survivors, but also in drafting laws and policies. Our leaders enjoy a national reputation for creative social change work, including (a) insisting on collaborative leadership among organizations and advocates; (b) promoting holistic approaches across discipines and (c) identifying and addressing previously unrecognized issues, such as sexual violence against immigrant women in the workplace. Perhaps most importantly, we are well-respected for actually getting things done, such as changing the way the government implements a law we helped write, and successfully helping to challenge Congressional attacks on immigrant women and immigrants generally.

Helped get VAWA 2000, 2005 and 2013 passed; helped get good provisions for immigrant survivors in the Senate version of Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR), that died in the House; fought off attacks related to violence against women in CIR and against immigrants in VAWA 2013. Central and crucial to all this was our success in working with others to educate nontraditional allies and equip them with effective arguments and organizing strategies.

Helped change and improve numerous government policies concerning immigrant crime survivor routes to status. We are currently experiencing no movement on a major policy issue and are therefore developing a national litigation strategy to complement our advocacy work.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We provide mentoring and training to attorneys and advocates nationwide who represent immigrant survivors of gender-based violence.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes, Listening Sessions ,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To pilot new programs., To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We survey all our attendees after every one of our trainings. In response to feedback received on our surveys, we changed the duration of our trainings to better accommodate attendee schedules. Similarly, we used feedback from our members to enhance and ultimately adopted a new piloted system of providing mentoring.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We see our members as the experts in their own needs. We value highly their feedback for us. By asking them for feedback after every interaction with us, and reviewing that feedback individually and collectively, we recognize the value that our members possess in helping ASISTA continue to be the best we can be.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ASISTA IMMIGRANT ASSISTANCE

Board of directors
as of 10/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Amy Sanchez

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/01/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability