MWLS’ Immigration Assistance for Victims of Domestic Violence Project represents both documented and undocumented battered immigrants by helping them to obtain or maintain legal immigration status in the United States. We give priority to immigrant victims of domestic violence, whether the domestic violence occurred in the United States or in the immigrant’s country of origin.
Specifically, the Immigration Assistance for Victims of Domestic Violence Project represents battered immigrants in the following types of cases:
- Self-Petitions for Legal Permanent Residence under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
- U-Visa Petitions for victims of qualifying crimes, including domestic violence
- T-Visa Petitions for victims of human trafficking
- Applications for Asylum based on persecution in the form of domestic violence in the immigrant’s country of origin
- Petitions for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) for eligible immigrant minors
- Removal proceedings before the Immigration Court
INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS
- Mass Legal Help
Massachusetts legal aid programs put together this website to help you find practical information about your legal rights. For example, information about issues regarding health and mental health, Special Education services, immigration and many more areas.
- United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”)
- United States Department of State
- United States Travel (Passports/Visas)
- Immigration Court