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 – May 2019
May 09, 2019
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.
You may have come across it already – a hard copy survey in the library or in the waiting room of a human service organization in your community. Perhaps you’ve seen a poster or received a link to an online survey from a colleague on a professional listserv.
Welcome to Policy Matters – Empire Justice Center’s newsletter to catch you up on all of our policy advocacy efforts to make the law work for all New Yorkers! In this edition we’ll be covering a number of legislative victories for domestic violence victims, working parents, homeowners, and disabled and low income New Yorkers; giving you progress updates on some of our ongoing legislative campaigns; sharing updates on local organizing in Long Island and Rochester; and inviting you all to join us for our upcoming Celebration of Leadership!