Advocates, police officers, healthcare providers, judges, and prosecutors are often the first to see the signs of violence and are therefore in a unique position to provide information and assistance to those who have been victims. But often immigrants are fearful of admitting that they have been a victim of a crime in part because they believe they will be removed (deported) from the United States if they report it.
Additionally, immigrant victims of violence should know they 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.
ICADV is a recognized organization by the Board of Immigration Appeals and as such can provide legal assistance to immigrant survivors in the following areas:
- Battered Spouse Waivers
To receive services, an immigrant must do so through a domestic violence program. That program must complete and submit referral forms to have the case reviewed by ICADV. (This link will take you to the Members Only page because only ICADV member programs can complete and submit the forms on behalf of clients.)
Here is other information designed to assist advocates in working with immigrant survivors: