Immigration law provides some remedies to immigrants without status when they are victims of domestic violence and other crimes. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) provides battered immigrants married to US citizens or to lawful permanent residents an avenue for gaining status independent of their batterers. Immigrant victims of domestic violence and other crimes who are not eligible to self-petition through VAWA may be eligible for a U or T visa as a victim of crime or of trafficking. Generally these remedies require cooperation with law enforcement in the investigation or prosecution of the crime. Here you will find information on how to contact Empire Justice Center for information or possible assistance, as well as know your rights information.
Policy Matters – December 2019
December 24, 2019
In this December 2019 edition of Policy Matters we’ll be covering victories for language access and survivors of domestic violence; setbacks for low income New Yorkers; how protections against wage theft are hanging in the balance; a round-up of some of 2019’s important consumer finance and housing legislation; and recognition for our staff!
In this May 2019 edition of Policy Matters we’ll be covering a victory for public school students; the release of a new domestic violence report; legislative updates on important bills regarding rights of domestic violence survivors, crime victims, and workers; analysis of several new laws passed through this year’s budget process; efforts to protect the rights of immigrant New Yorkers and student loan borrowers; and some well-deserved recognition for members of our staff!
The Crime Victims Legal Network Project: Moving into the Pilot Phase
July 20, 2017
Last Spring, the Crime Victims Legal Network Project launched a comprehensive needs assessment to better understand the civil legal needs of crime victims in New York State. To the hundreds of crime victims and service providers who completed surveys or took part in focus groups and in-depth interviews: Thank you! I am overwhelmed and gratified by your participation and excited to share the results with you.
Welcome to the May edition of our newsletter, Policy Matters. A lot has happened since our last edition, which came out in early March, just as COVID-19 was beginning to first show up in New York. Empire Justice spent the month of March, as many of us did, trying to pivot to a new normal while keeping our organization on track. This edition we’ll be filling you in on what some of that work has looked like.