Undocumented Survivors

Gender- & power-based violence affects everyone differently, and those who hold marginalized identities may face additional barriers in seeking support. Safer welcomes people of all identities and backgrounds to utilize our services and is committed to ensuring our office is inclusive and accessible.

Our confidentiality means that your story & experience is safe with us, and we do not report to Title IX or to the police. This includes your story as a survivor, your personal details, your documentation status, and any other information shared with us. Our only limitation is as mandated reporters for suspected child abuse, or harm to self or others. Please email us at safer@calpoly.edu or call 805-756-2282 with any questions about our confidentiality. 

Frequently Asked Questions from Undocumented Survivors

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Resources 

  • The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) provides technical assistance, trainings and practice manuals on critical immigration options for vulnerable immigrants including immigrant victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other crimes.

National Immigration Law Center

  • Information on Worker’s Rights and U Visas, which are designed to protect immigrant workers from abuse and crime in the workplace, including incidences of sexual assault and domestic violence. 

End Rape on Campus Resources for Undocumented Survivors 

You have the right to:

  • Not be threatened with deportation by your institution, or to disclose your immigration status. This is considered a violation of both Title IX and the Clery Act, as it actively discourages undocumented survivors from reporting.
  • File a complaint anonymously either with the federal government or with your institution. If you fear exposing your undocumented status, you are under no obligation to include your name or identifying information in your complaints.
  • Report your case to law enforcement. Undocumented sexual assault survivors can apply for federal U-Visas that protects survivors working with law enforcement from being deported. However, U-Visas have a nationwide cap and can be difficult to obtain. However, this should not limit you from seeking a U-Visa.

ValorUS (formerly CALCASA): Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault from Immigrant Communities 

  • Outlines different types of visas and legal protections 

Know Your IX: Title IX and Immigration

  • Information on the additional considerations international and undocumented students face when filing Title IX complaints. 

American Immigration Council – Protections for Immigrant Women and Victims of Crime

  • Provides comprehensive information on the Violence Against Women’s Act, U Visa, T Visa, qualifications, and self-petitions for immigrants and undocumented victims of crime. 

Tahririh Justice Center

  • Through direct services, policy advocacy, and training and education, Tahirih protects immigrant women and girls and promotes a world where women and girls enjoy equality and live in safety and dignity.

Immigration Center for Women and Children 

  • The Immigration Center for Women and Children provides resources and information for immigrant women on protections against domestic violence, sexual assault, abusive relationships, and legal matters related to these. 

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