Advocates know to engage with all survivors in individualized, realistic, thorough, and ongoing safety planning. Immigrant survivors may have specific immigration-related concerns, ranging from concerns about their own or the aggressor’s immigration status, to eligibility and access to medical care, custody, and police protection.
This section of the Toolkit provides guidance and information to support safety planning with immigrant survivors:
- “Enhance your work” discusses how to strengthen safety planning you likely already do with a broad spectrum of survivors to benefit immigrant survivors, and examines some aspects of safety planning that may be specific to an immigrant survivor.
We will examine two areas of particular importance to the safety and security of immigrant survivors:
- The rights and options of an immigrant survivor to seek and enforce an order of protection against the aggressor
- Questioning or detention by local or state police and/or federal immigration law enforcement