On Tuesday, the Texas Bar Foundation announced that the organization awarded the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence (CASFV) $10,000 to support programs that aid individuals who have been sexually assaulted and/or experienced family violence.
People who have been victimized by these crimes need a breadth of supportive services, including legal and immigration advocacy.
Survivors of sexual assault and family violence face an embattled journey navigating the judicial and immigration systems. CASFV clients may not be familiar with the legal system, feel intimidated by attorneys and judges, or fear retaliation from the person who harmed them. Immigrants face additional challenges to flee an abusive relationship or seek justice and support in the aftermath of a sexual assault. The funds received from the Texas Bar Foundation will support court accompaniment services and the immigration advocacy program.
“Our legal advocacy and immigration programs offer much needed assistance to survivors seeking safety and freedom from abusive partners. CASFV is the only family violence program in the state fully accredited by the Board of Immigration Appeals,” said executive director David Chayer. “All of our advocates stand alongside our clients to support them during these stressful moments. By having an advocate by their side people will feel more confident and less afraid to seek justice.”
CASFV’s advocates accompanied survivors to 99 court hearings during 2018-2019. The immigration advocacy program assisted 987 immigrants as well. The immigration advocates, under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), were able to assist individuals who suffered domestic violence or sexual assault with self-petitions, work permit applications and other technical aspects of acquiring legal status.
Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $20 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably funded bar foundation.
CASFV is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to confront and prevent domestic violence and sexual assault, in all its forms, as an advocate for safety and justice through intervention, education, and community collaboration.
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