I need an expert. How do I know who to turn to?
You need an attorney who regularly handles Violence Against Women (VAWA) type cases. Why? The law on VAWA cases has changed frequently over the past ten years, carving out special exceptions for immigrants in otherwise seemingly impossible legal circumstances. Most attorneys who do not regularly practice in this specialized area of immigration law are not aware of these exceptions nor of the different deadlines and cut-offs for special protections.
Why work with our firm? Our annual caseload is made up of more than 50% VAWA cases. Our staff all have backgrounds in domestic violence counseling or survivor advocacy, are fully knowledgable on the law, processing times, and what to expect. Our firm has been commended by the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the same source CIS refers to, for our legal services provided to abused immigrants. Heather has also been recognized locally for her service and education efforts to rape crisis centers including Project Sister and shelters including Haven House.
Further, Heather is an expert attorney in this area, having written many articles on VAWA, conducted trainings on VAWA for other attorneys, rape crisis center advocates, and the oldest women's shelter in the U.S. She currently serves on the board of the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women (now called Peace Over Violence) and oversees their Legal Assistance Project's immigration clients, and is on the "VAWA experts" list of the National Lawyers Guild's National Immigration Project (www.nlg.org). She is also an active member of the VAWA experts list of the National Lawyers Guild and a proud member of MaleSurvivor (formerly known as The National Organization on Male Sexual Victimization), offering help to abused male immigrants. To learn more about Heather, review our About Us page.
Want to Read About Cases that We Have Won?
Feel free to read here about other survivors with stories perhaps similar to your's who now have green cards.
What to Expect If You Contact Us
We are here to help you as much as we can. That means being honest with you from day one, telling you what you can do now to improve your chances of success, and the strengths and weaknesses of your case if you decide to pursue this type of Green Card case. Don't be worried about documenting your case when you call us; we'll help you figure out ways of how to prove what's happened to you and work with any counselor or shelter worker you have seen, if any.
You can be confident that we won't try to sell you on a weak case; we won't take your case unless we think we can succeed. We know this is your life and your future and we take that very seriously.
99% Approval on Abused-Spouse Green Cards*
* as of 6/2011. Approval rate does not guarantee success on your particular matter. Whether or not your case is likely to be successful depends on the facts, the law, and available evidence. No attorney can legally guarantee an outcome. For more information on whether the Attorney believes your case will be a success, contact us for a free consultation.
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Legal Services Available to Abused Immigrants
Protecting Your Safety:
· Temporary & Permanent Restraining Orders
· U visa for victims of crime (including domestic violence)
· T visa for victims of extreme trafficking in persons
· S visa for being of assistance to law enforcement
Obtaining a green card:
· Abused spouse Immigrant Visa Petitions
· Marriage-Based & Immediate Relative Immigrant Visas
· Gender & domestic violence based Asylum
· Substitution of Marriage-Based Immigrant Visa for Battered Spouse Immigrant visa to keep adjustment of status (permanent residency application) going;
· Adjustment of Status Application (green card application & representation at INS (CIS))
· Advance Parole filings (for travel outside the U.S.)
· Attorney Green Card Interview representation at INS (CIS) interview
· FOIA requests to get a complete copy of your immigration file from INS (CIS)
Removing Condition from a Green Card:
· Joint Petition to Release Condition
· Waivers (petitioning without your spouse) to keep your green card
After Green Card is Obtained:
· Re-entry Permits
· Reserving Residency for Citizenship
· Abuse-based waivers for arrests, lying to INS, and more;
· Business Immigration Options
· Visitor's Visas and more. . .
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