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.
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.
Bringing Awareness to the Many Civil Legal Needs of Crime Victims
January 12, 2016
When you hear the words “crime victim,” what images immediately come to mind? Someone who was mugged or assaulted, or who had their property stolen or damaged? Someone who sustained injuries – physically or emotionally – because of the crime? Someone going through the criminal court process “Law & Order” style, the complaining witness in the District Attorney’s case against the defendant, waiting anxiously in court for a “guilty” verdict?