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.

Through a letter sent to the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS), Mil Mujeres and another 123 organizations that serve and advocate on behalf of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking in the United States, voiced their support for implementing advance parole for U visa petitioners and beneficiaries placed in deferred action who are abroad, so that they are allowed to enter the United States while waiting for a final decision on their U Visa Application.

 

See the letter, sent to Mr. Leon Rodriguez, Director of the US Citizenship and Immigration Service.

 

Also read the story of Ms. Adela Cuevas, survivor of domestic violence who received a deferred action, a document for employment authorization, after applying for her U Nonimmigrant status, but who has not seen her daughters for fifteen years, since she moved to the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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