Our Domestic Violence Program empowers people who are experiencing domestic violence to free themselves from dependency on a resident or citizen abuser. We guide clients who have had certain crimes committed against them through their legal options.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994 provides a way for people experiencing domestic violence to file for immigration benefits independently, without depending on their abusers for legal permanent residency or citizenship status.[/dropcap]
Not just for women and wives: Not only women, but any wife, husband, child, or parent of a citizen or legal permanent resident abuser may be eligible to apply for VAWA benefits.
Latinos Progresando (LP) offers free consultations to assess the eligibility of potential VAWA applicants, and we help eligible clients find related services, such as divorce attorneys, custody representation, public benefits, and food and shelter. In cases where no remedies are available under VAWA, we refer clients to organizations that can help with their needs.
We let those who have experienced domestic violence know who we are and how we can help, in addition to providing free services to eligible clients. We offer information sessions about the VAWA program, in partnership with numerous shelters and community organizations. We also train our community partners’ domestic violence volunteers, like those at Sarah’s Inn and Rainbow House, on immigration and domestic violence issues.