ACISS’ History Entwined with VAWA

In 2012, Nancy T. Burphy (who would become our CEO) had an unintended introduction to VAWA (Violence Against Women’s Act) under the Immigration and Nationality Act. She discovered then the dominance of domestic violence in immigrant communities; consequently, she turned to the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) for answers. Following a brief conversation with a USDOJ staff person, she conducted research on VAWA and proceeded to assist a victim of domestic violence adjust her status via VAWA.

In the ensuing 2 years, Mrs. Burphy continued observing the dominance of domestic violence and other injustices in immigrant communities. She appealed to various community activists and prominent community professionals to help bring awareness of these conditions in immigrant communities. From 2013 to 2015, she became proactive in the immigration/migration industry, where she conducted research, obtained legal training, and served in a leadership role with one of the few organizations serving African immigrant communities.

Mrs. Burphy and three others assessed the needs of immigrant communities as grave and desired to become more accessible to these communities, which they referred to as “the least reached.” Consequently, they organized ACISS under the laws of the State of Maryland in August 2015, and they registered the corporation officially on September 21, 2015.

Since our inception, we, ACISS Inc., have helped many immigrant victims of domestic violence adjust their status via VAWA and have provided counseling and therapy for them and for immigrant victims of other injustices.