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Direct Legal Services

ICADV provides direct legal services through the Satellite Attorney Program and Immigrant Legal Project. Both programs are designed to provide direct legal assistance to survivors in their civil cases and in their immigration legal cases. For more information about these services, contact ICADV.

Satellite Attorney Program

If a domestic violence program is working with a survivor with an emergency legal issue (such as a protection order where the offending party is represented by counsel), ICADV can provide help by referring a local or regional attorney who can assist. ICADV will cover costs at a modest means level and pay the costs of travel for the survivor.

For emergency legal assistance statewide, survivors can access legal services through ICADV’s Satellite Attorney program by contacting their local domestic violence program. If you are interested in becoming a Satellite Attorney, please contact ICADV.

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Immigrant Legal Project

The Immigrant Legal Project was developed to provide immigration legal assistance to ICADV’s member programs who are working with immigrant survivors of domestic violence. Immigrant victims of domestic violence or other certain crimes may be able to obtain legal status through special immigration remedies created in the Violence Against Women Act and the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, regardless of whether the victim is a woman or man.

To be considered for receiving immigration legal assistance through the Immigrant Legal Project, an immigrant survivor must do so through their local domestic violence program. An advocate needs to complete our referral forms and submit them to ICADV. These forms are available on ICADV’s Member Login page.

Immigrant survivors can access services through the Immigrant Legal Project by contacting their local domestic violence program.

The Immigrant Legal Project can provide direct legal assistance to immigrant survivors in the following areas:

  • Self petitions
  • U-Visas
  • T-Visas
  • Battered Spouse Waivers

To learn more about these services, or to determine if you qualify, visit our Resources for Survivors page. 

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