VAVA- Violence Against Women Act

Your Immigration status shuld not be a source of power or countrol. For domestic abusers, it no longer is.

 WHAT IS VAWA

The Violence Against Women Act was enacted in 1994   to   help   immigrant   victims   of   domestic violence   lawfully   remain   in   the   United   States.  Every day, victims are unable to flee their abusive homes for fear that their abusers, either U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, would retaliate by not petitioning them for their green cards.  VAWA allows  those  victims  to  independently  file  for  lawful status without  having  to  rely  on  their  abusers  for sponsorship. 

 

VAWA applies to both male and female victims.  If you file a VAWA petition, you may become eligible for permanent residency, protection from deportation proceedings, public benefits and work authorization.  For your safety, the VAWA process is kept confidential from the abuser.   

 

All agencies within the Dept of Homeland Security (DHS), including USCIS, are legally prohibited from disclosing that a victim has applied for VAWA.

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