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Partnership Policy Alert
Join us Tomorrow at Noon - Monthly Policy Round Up! May Monthly Policy Report and Council Notes Available Now!

Join us on our June Policy Round Up on June 4th at noon! Click here to register!

The Policy Advisory Council May notes are now available on the Policy Advisory Council section of our Members-only website. Click here to read the MayCouncil notes.

Our April and May Partnership Policy Reports are now available! We encourage you to check it out and read about the work of the Partnership Policy Team and our members in March. Click here for the April and May Partnership Policy Reports. 

Questions? Please email the Policy Team at policy@cpedv.org

Take Action: Support the C.R.I.S.E.S. Act 

We are asking all Partnership Members to support the C.R.I.S.E.S. Act today. This bill would create a pilot to fund community-based organizations' responses to emergencies, as an alternative option to police. For survivors who fear separation, deportation, or incarceration, this creates an important alternative for safety.

We deeply believe that it is possible to call for better policing AND envision new systems of accountability. 

Take Action in Two Ways:

In addition to our state advocacy, the Partnership is following federal guidance from the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. We are one of 400 organizations that has signed onto the Civil Rights Coalition Letter on Federal Policing Priorities, calling for specific police reforms.
Take Action: Educate Your Member of Congress On the Importance of Keeping Intact and Improve Provisions to Protect and Support Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
The HEROES Act included several provisions to support immigrants and survivors of violence, but did not include other crucial provisions to directly benefit immigrant survivors. Contact your Members of Congress, especially your Senators and educate them on the importance of keeping intact and making improved provisions to protect and support immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence in the next COVID-19 package. 

Sample Script
Hello. My name is [your name], and I am a constituent calling from [your location and, if applicable, your program]. COVID-19 disproportionately impacts victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and immigrant survivors are particularly vulnerable. I’m calling today to ask you to support and include vital provisions, including ones in the HEROES Act and the Coronavirus Immigrant Families Protection Act, that provide crucial aid to survivors in the next COVID-19 bill.  Please protect the health, safety, and economic security of all survivors of domestic and sexual violence by supporting these important provisions and ensuring that they are included in the next COVID-19 aid package."
Join Us: Discuss Court Practices and Advocacy in COVID-19: Wednesday, June 23rd at 1 PM
COVID-19 is changing court functions in a variety of ways to accommodate social distancing and remote options. Many of these options are temporary for the duration of the pandemic. The Policy Team is hosting a call to discuss these new practices and what the field and advocates would want courts to do that would be a benefit for clients and programs, and how the Partnership can provide support and advocacy. 

Click here to register.
Take Action: Language Access Tools!
The lack of adequate language services during the COVID-19 pandemic is causing great harm for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. LEP survivors who cannot access quality language services and resources in their primary language are unable to have meaningful access to accurate information about COVID-19, courts, crucial healthcare services, and economic benefits and assistance. This creates serious barriers to survivors obtaining safety, security, and independence.

The National Language Access Advocates Network developed a letter that is being spearheaded by Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles to support agencies in their efforts to advocate for language access rights for survivors with Limited English Proficiency. We encourage you to take these letter templates and tailor them to urge government funded entities to provide meaningful language access during this pandemic. Within the letter and also provided in a second document are links to resources and a list of general and specific recommendations that you can modify, cut, and paste into the advocacy letters.

Click here for the General Advocacy Letter Template and Click here for General & Specific Recommendations/Research.
New Surveys: Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign
The Protecting Immigrant Families campaign is working on documenting the combined impact of the Public Charge Rule and COVID-19 in our communities. Your participation in answering these surveys will help understand the experience of those who work directly with immigrant communities and/or are directly impacted themselves. The research will be used for future advocacy materials. The following surveys are available:  Questions? Please contact Isobel Mohyeddin at mohyeddin@nilc.org
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