Accessing the Social Safety Net: Expanding Economic Justice for Immigrant Families

(844 Ratings)

Produced on: May 23, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 63 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Non-citizens, regardless of their immigration status, face numerous barriers in accessing public benefits and other crucial economic supports that are vital for their day-to-day stability. Despite rampant misinformation about immigrants’ use of federal means-tested public benefits and tax credits, the reality is that most of these benefits are unavailable to non-citizens, including many lawful permanent residents. For those immigrants who are eligible for certain public benefits or health care, many factors hinder immigrant families’ access to these crucial benefits for children, even though they are legally entitled to them. These factors include burdensome requirements as well as families’ fear that information they provide to any government agency could be shared with immigration authorities and used against them. The combination creates a tremendous chilling effect on immigrant access to crucial economic assistance. 

This course, presented by Avideh Moussavian of the National Immigration Law Center, connects advocates to information and resources that will assist them in addressing their clients' needs beyond immigration legal assistance to ensure greater economic security for their clients.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop a basic understanding of non-citizen eligibility for federal means-tested public benefits and economic supports
  2. Understand common barriers that prevent immigrant access to these programs
  3. Receive resources and guidance on how to help eliminate these barriers to expand your clients’ economic security


Avideh Moussavian

National Immigration Law Center

Avideh Moussavian’s advocacy at NILC focuses on reducing the vulnerability of low-income immigrants to deportation on account of their race, class, or gender. She has previously worked on immigration reform advocacy and state and local enforcement issues at the New York Immigration Coalition and directly represented immigrant victims of gender-based violence at Sanctuary for Families in New York City, with a particular emphasis on representing immigrants in detention or with criminal convictions. She has served as board treasurer at Families for Freedom, an anti-deportation community organizing network in New York City, and as a visiting professional with the Office of Public Counsel for Defense at the International Criminal Court. She holds a juris doctor from Boston University School of Law and a bachelor of arts from Columbia University.


Joanne A.

Great slides, nice breakdown of very complicated subject.

Maria A.

Good detailed and well prepared information

John H.

Very interesting

Laura V.

Very informative, excellent written materials and "cheat sheets"

Nicole D.

Really liked the examples provided

Janet S.

Very complicated situations, but most interesting.

Gil M.

Very interesting program.

Silvia C.

Good speaker


great charts

Sharon M.

Excellent speaker

Timothy David P.

strong presentation. thanks

Matthew D.

very informative

Ronja B.

Great and informative program!

Jan K.

Complement the lady.She is very good!!

Carol S.

Very interesting and effectively presented

Roxanna T.

Very informative.

Bernard R.

Ms. Moussavian was informative and well versed in her area of practice. I would and will defer to her in the future for this area.

Nadia W.

While the course is unrelated to my work, it was thorough and interesting.

Kim R.

Lecturer was wonderful.

Danice K.

Very good presenter.

Robert V.

Very understandable presentation for a very complex situation.

Robert S.

Good preparation, good presentation

Brian S.


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