VAWA and Crime Victims Attorney in McAllen, TX
Dedicated Legal Support for Victims of Crime in Starr County, Hidalgo County, and Cameron County
U.S. laws provide some protections for non-citizens who are victims of violence and crimes. In many cases, individuals who receive these benefits may also obtain them for some members of their family. If you have been a victim of a crime, do not be afraid to ask for help.
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
VAWA allows certain noncitizens – both men and women – who have been victims of domestic abuse to obtain lawful status. Spouses and children of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, and parents of U.S. citizens who are 21 years of age or older, who have been victims of battery or extreme cruelty may file a self-petition. If USCIS approves the self-petition, VAWA self-petitioners may seek legal permanent residence and obtain a Green Card.
VAWA is an important law that can provide much-needed protection to victims of domestic abuse. Our team at the Law Office of Ayala & Acosta can help you understand the Vawa process and help you get the benefits you need without relying on your abusive family member. Begin your consultation by calling us at (956) 923-3938 today.
U Visas are available for individuals who have been victims of certain crimes and who agree to cooperate with law enforcement. U. Visas are temporary, but may lead to permanent residence.
What Kinds of Crimes Are Eligible for U Visas?
You may be eligible for a U Visa is you have been a victim of:
- Abusive Sexual Contact
- Domestic Violence
- False Imprisonment
- Female Genital Mutilation
- Felonious Assault
- Fraud in Foreign Labor Contracting
- Involuntary Servitude
- Obstruction of Justice
- Sexual Assault
- Sexual Exploitation
- Slave Trade
- Witness Tampering
- Unlawful Criminal Restraint
- Other Related Crimes
- Varinia L.
- JP C.
- Yoselin F.