Just like people born in the United States, individuals who are undocumented can seek redress in the courts when their rights are violated.

Your legal rights include:

  • The right to remain silent,
  • The right to an attorney, and
  • The right against unlawful search and seizures.

Immigration Relief for Crime Victims

Two types of protection are available: VAWA and U Visa. For both of these protections, a victim of domestic violence must contact an attorney to find out whether either type of help is available in his or her particular situation.

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

VAWA created special provisions in United States immigration law to protect victims of abuse who are not citizens of the United States. These provisions

  • Protect undocumented married immigrant victims of domestic violence,
  • Prevent deportation and continued abuse, and
  • Offer the victims of domestic violence the ability to leave the abuser but remain in the U.S.

U-Visa

The purpose of the U Visa is to give victims of certain crimes temporary legal status and work eligibility in the United States for up to four years. This special Visa

  • Protects undocumented unmarried immigrant victims of domestic violence,
  • Prevents deportation and continued abuse, and
  • Offers victims of domestic violence the ability to leave the abuser but remain in the U.S.