We offer immigration legal services to the low-income individuals in the Latino community. We specialize on immigration benefits for survivors of violent crimes in the United States. Our main focus are survivors of gender related crimes. However we also provide services to other survivors.
Comprehensive "Know Your Rights" legal outreach and education, focuses on daily presentations at different Latin American consulates, schools, churches, and community groups throughout the the United States. Every day we speak directly with thousands of immigrants about their legal rights and the resources available to them in the local communities.
The U-visa is an immigration benefit created for victims of specific crimes, who have suffered substantial physical and mental abuse. The government seeks to encourage immigrants to report these crime. Therefore, in order to qualify, the petitioner must cooperate with the investigation and prosecution of criminal activity.
The Violence Against Women Act is a United States federal law. Signed by president Bill Clinton in 1994, it allowed immigrant victims of domestic violence to apply for immigration relief independent of their abusive spouse or parent. In 2000, the Act created the U and T visas as new forms of immigration benefits for immigrant victims of violent crime and human trafficking. The Act provided billions of dollars toward investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women and it created the Office on Violence Against Women within the Department of Justice.
The T-Visa is an immigation relief for victims of human trafficking.
Forced labor: refers to a situations in which the victim is forced to work through the use of violence, intimidation and even accumulated debt, retention of documents and threats of reporting to immigration authorities.
Sexual exploitation: refers to a situations in which someone under the age of 18 is induced into prostitution. Furthermore, it includes the recruitment, housing or transportation of a person over 18 years old by fraud, coercion, or force with the purpose of prostitution. This is known as white slavery.
SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILE STATUS - SIJS
The purpose of this program is to help immigrant children in the United States who have been abused, abandoned, or neglected.
Some children who cannot be reunited with their parents can obtain permanent residency and can live and work permanently in the United States.
For more information, visit the USCIS website