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Battered Immigrants: Articles

Translation of Orders of Protection: Courts help Keep New Yorkers Safe :
When domestic violence impacts families of all backgrounds, civil and criminal orders of protection can be one of our most valuable and effective tools to help hold offenders accountable and keep victims and children safe. For limited English proficient language speakers, however, having this critical document issued in a language they cannot speak or read well undermines its very purpose. Read More

Empire Justice Center has produced a pamphlet outlining the language access rights of limited English proficient victims in Family Court and with other domestic violence service providers Read More

VAWA 2013: New Aging-Out Provisions and Keeping Families Together :
In October of 2000, Congress created the U Visa with the passing of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act. This legislation formed an incentive for crime victims to assist in the legal process because aiding law enforcement could be an effective path for them to obtain temporary status and other immigrant benefits. Read More

Immigrant Domestic Violence Victims :
In California this summer a domestic violence victim contacted the local police for assistance; instead she was arrested because of her immigration status. Read More

Domestic Violence and Political Asylum :
In order to be eligible for political asylum in the United States an individual must establish that he or she is a refugee under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Read More

Interoffice Memorandum: Determinations of Good Moral Character in VAWA- Based Self-Petitions :
The purpose of this memorandum is to inform U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudicators at the Vermont Service Center (VSC) of the change in the law concerning determinations of good moral character made in connection with VAWA-based self-petitions (Forms I-360). Read More

Questions and Answers: Qualifying Family Members of U Visa Beneficiaries May Obtain Lawful Permanent Residence :
Common questions are answered regarding U Visa applications. Read More

Green Card for a Victim of a Crime (U Nonimmigrant) :
Information on applying for a green card as a U visa holder. Read More

Immigration and Domestic Violence :
When immigrant women turn to state courts for protection against violent men in their lives—and most often men are the perpetrators of intimate violence and women their victims—they face difficulties unknown to women born in the United States. Read More

Extension of U Nonimmigrant Status for Derivative Family Members Using the Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539) :
This Policy Memorandum (PM) authorizes the Vermont Service Center (VSC) to approve an Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status (Form I-539) to extend U nonimmigrant status for a derivative family member whose initial period of stay is less than four years. Read More

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