Founded in 2007, Mil Mujeres is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides direct legal services in the area of immigration law to low-income Spanish-speaking survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Central American Woman Wins U-visa Case February 17, 2012
My name is Monica*. I am in my thirties and was born in Central America. I have been living in the United states since the 2000s. I am a survivor of domestic violence at the hands of Julio, my former intimate partner, who abused me physically and psychologically, almost killing me with a knife one day when I tried to leave him. He waited for me outside my new home and when I got out of my car, he stabbed me 13 times and left me on the street struggling for life. When the ambulance arrived I was almost dead, but thankfully I survived. With the help of Mil Mujeres I won my U-visa case and feel safe now with legal status, permission to work in the United States, and the opportunity for my children to have a better future.
Mil Mujeres presented this video during our Fundraiser Gala. Here you can get to know more about our daily work and our mission. You will also hear the story of one of our clients, a former victim of domestic violence.
Video of a Mil Mujeres client talking about her experience with domestic violence
Update: Ms. A won her U-visa case in July 2010 and in the summer of 2011 her 10 year old and 12 year old sons, who were included in the U-visa application, have joined her in the United States.
On February 28 the House passed the House passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) reauthorization. A week later, on March 7, President Barack Obama on thursday signed the renewal of the act. Lilián Medina, Vice President of Mil Mujeres, was interviewed by Telemundo to share some insights about VAWA and its benefits.
“Through this law these women are protected and should not be afraid to report the crime. On the contrary, instead of causing themselves trouble through making a police report, they could receive the great benefit of legal status in this country”, explained Medina.