In 2013 ICADV performed an environmental scan of our programs to see if there were appropriate legal services available to immigrant survivors of domestic violence – and the overwhelming answer was no. That is why ICADV sought, and just received, Recognition Status from the Bureau of Immigration Appeals. This means that we can now begin to train one or more advocates to work with rural immigrant survivors on their legal cases. It will allow us to help survivors apply for legal status when they seek services, thereby eliminating one of the barriers to victims seeking help – the idea that they could be deported if they are not here legally. While there are several legal service providers who do this kind of work in large urban areas, rural immigrant survivors have next to nothing. We hope to begin working with survivors identified by domestic violence programs in early 2015.
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