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Phone: 202.274.4457

Street Address:
4300 Nebraska Ave NW
Suite C100

Mailing Address:
P.O Box 5411
Washington, DC 20016

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The National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP, pronounced new-app) addresses the needs of immigrant women, immigrant children and immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes by advocating for reforms in law, policy and practice.

NIWAP is a national provider of training, legal and social science research, policy development, and technical assistance to advocates, attorneys, pro bono law firms, law schools, universities, law enforcement, prosecutors, social service and health care providers, justice system personnel, and other professionals who work with immigrant women, children and crime victims. Our work supports those in the field and in government who work to improve laws, regulations, policies, and practices to enhance legal options and opportunities for immigrant women and children.

NIWAP provides training and technical assistance on a broad range of issues of importance to immigrant women and children, including VAWA immigration and confidentiality, family law, protection orders, public benefits, language access, cultural competency, and access to services, including shelter, transitional housing, health care, and education.

Through our work at the Washington College of Law, NIWAP will engage a new generation of lawyers and advocates in work that benefits immigrant women, children, and immigrant survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other crimes.

Services Available:

Our Web Library:  For advocates, attorneys, and organizations-resources to help your immigrant clients. Our Directory:  For immigrants looking to be connected to advocates, attorneys, and organizations.
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Some of the otherservices and resources NIWAP provides include:


September 4, 2014: Gender & Immigration Policy: NIWAP Info Session

Interested in gaining hands-on policy reform experience?
Want to develop your research and writing skills?
Looking to get involved in emerging issues on the Hill, or wondering how nonprofits can influence public policy?

Learn more about these and other opportunities with Ronald LeGrand, Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary,
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations. Mr. LeGrand will be speaking on emerging issues on the Hill and how you can get involved.

Thursday, September 4th, 2014
12:00 pm WCL room 100

Lunch will be provided!

See the full event poster here.

June 11, 2014: Follow NIWAP's twitter account!

NIWAP has just launched our new twitter account, @NIWAP_WCL. Follow us for news updates about immigration and intimate partner violence, upcoming NIWAP training events, and the latest policy changes.

April 21, 2014: Video "Hands-on Training on Trauma-Informed Work" posted

This two hour online training for advocates and attorneys working with immigrant crime victims will teach techniques (including physical body language communication) to facilitate information gathering from clients who are suffering the effects of trauma during the process of developing affidavits recounting the personal details of their ordeals.

View the video at our YouTube channel,

A higher quality version of the video will be uploaded soon!

April 7 , 2014: Benish Anver (JD '13, WCL) hired as Policy Staff Attorney!

We are excited to welcome Benish Anver, who has worked with NIWAP first as a Dean's Fellow and then as the first Immigrant Women Law and Policy Fellow, as our newest staff member! Her full bio is below.

Benish Anver is currently the Policy Staff Attorney at the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) at American University Washington College of Law. NIWAP advocates for laws, policies, and practices that enhance legal options for immigrant women and immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Prior to this position, Benish worked with NIWAP as its first Immigrant Women, Law and Policy Fellow and as a Dean’s Fellow while she was a student at the Washington College of Law. She was involved in research and development of various training materials for prosecutors and law enforcement officials, addressing best practices for cases involving immigrant women that are victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse pursuant to the Violence Against Women Act. As the Immigrant Women, Law and Policy Fellow and as a Dean’s Fellow at NIWAP, she co-authored several publications on immigrant victims’ legal rights and also researched and developed policy recommendations to the Board of Immigration Appeals regarding effective and efficient methods of determining U-visa cases, as well as policy recommendations to the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Education and White House staff on issues impacting immigrant victims of crime.

Benish worked as a Law Clerk in the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary for the Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein, where she worked on various policy areas, including gun control legislation, the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, and access to benefits for same-sex couples. She also worked as a Legislative Intern in the Office of Senator Jeanne Shaheen, where she researched various policy issues, including employment, foreign policy, and women’s issues. At the Washington College of Law, Benish served as President of the South Asian Law Students’ Association, Symposium Editor for the American University National Security Law Brief, and was a student attorney with the International Human Rights Law Clinic. She received her J.D., cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law in May 2013 and a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University in 2008.

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