Raksha Services | Legal Advocacy
Raksha provides technical assistance to clients in complete appropriate immigration papers that will allow them to work and refers clients to legal resources that can assist in getting them proper immigration status. To benefit our non-English speaking clients, Raksha has networked with several South Asian lawyers who are willing to assist some of our clients on a probono or a sliding-scale basis.
To promote cultural sensitivity among local and national social service providers and criminal justice agencies Raksha provides technical assistance to police departments, health care providers, battered women’s shelters, and domestic violence agencies such as Women’s Resource Center, Newton County Victim-Assistance, Grady Hospital, and City of Atlanta Police Department. Raksha has also been invited to a number of statewide and national conferences to speak on our community’s needs.
Raksha has also played a strong role in educating mainstream service providers on how to better serve immigrant women. Raksha staff have provided in-service trainings on immigration issues to a variety of service providers at Tapestri’s (a refugee and immigrant coalition against domestic violence) trainings.
The Executive director wrote an article in Tapestri Times on “Creative TPOs” which was disseminated both locally and nationally. This article discussed ways to use temporary protective orders to gain information needed for VAWA spousal abuse waivers.
In August 2000, Raksha worked with the Cherokee Family Violence Center, a mainstream service provider, to assist a Bangladeshi woman in getting necessary information at her hearing for a Temporary Protective Order. Raksha’s Executive Director educated both the Cherokee advocates and her attorney (who are were unfamiliar with her culture, dietary needs, and specific issues related to Immigration) about obtaining information related to her immigration status so she could file for a VAWA spousal abuse waiver. This was the first time this ever was done in Cherokee County.
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