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Empowering Survivors: Understanding VAWA and Seeking Relief


The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a landmark piece of legislation that provides critical protections and immigration benefits to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence. At KPB Immigration Law Firm, we are dedicated to helping survivors navigate the complexities of VAWA and obtain the legal relief and support they need to rebuild their lives. In this article, we'll explore the key provisions of VAWA and how our firm can assist survivors in seeking protection and justice.

Understanding VAWA:

Enacted in 1994 and reauthorized several times since, VAWA is designed to address and prevent gender-based violence and provide support and resources to survivors. One of the significant provisions of VAWA is its immigration protections, which allow eligible survivors to petition for immigration benefits independently of their abusers.

Key Provisions of VAWA:

  • Self-Petitioning: Under VAWA, survivors who have been subjected to abuse by a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident spouse, parent, or child may self-petition for lawful permanent residency (a green card) without the abuser's knowledge or consent. This provision empowers survivors to seek immigration relief independently and without fear of retaliation.
  • Credible Evidence: To qualify for VAWA relief, survivors must provide credible evidence of the abuse they have experienced, including affidavits from witnesses, police reports, medical records, and other supporting documentation. Our attorneys specialize in assisting survivors in gathering and presenting the necessary evidence to support their VAWA self-petitions.
  • Confidentiality Protections: VAWA affords confidentiality protections to survivors who self-petition for immigration benefits. USCIS is prohibited from disclosing information about VAWA self-petitioners to their abusers, ensuring the safety and privacy of survivors throughout the immigration process.

How KPB Immigration Law Firm Can Assist You:

VAWA provides critical protections and immigration benefits to survivors of gender-based violence, allowing them to seek relief and support independently of their abusers. With the assistance of KPB Immigration Law Firm, survivors can navigate the complexities of VAWA and obtain the protection and justice they deserve. If you are a survivor of gender-based violence and believe you may be eligible for VAWA relief, contact us today for a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. We are here to help you reclaim your life and build a brighter future free from violence and fear.