U-VISA & VAWA
We prioritize survivors and serve them pro-bono. We are here to help.
While CLIA assists many clients with a wide variety of immigration needs, our priority is to help immigrants who are victims of crime.
Because the U.S. Congress realized that many immigrant victims of crime were afraid to report those crimes to the police, they passed the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 2000 to protect victims and encourage the arrest of perpetrators.
By providing legal immigration benefits to qualifying survivors, Congress has encouraged the reporting of crimes such as:
- Abusive Sexual Contact
- Domestic Violence
- False Imprisonment
- Felonious Assault
- Involuntary Servitude
- Sexual Assault
- Other Related Crimes*†
*Includes any similar activity where the elements of the crime are substantially similar.
†Also includes attempt, conspiracy, or solicitation to commit any of the above and other related crimes.
CLIA works with local police departments to gather evidence and to verify eligibility, then files the requisite legal documents and evidence with the appropriate Immigration Service. Many crime survivors have received work cards as a result, empowering them to live a safer and more independent life. These survivors can later adjust and receive Lawful Permanent Residence (Green Card) and eventually naturalize into United States Citizens.
CLIA has been a leader among non-profits in Nebraska in assisting immigrants who are victims of crime. CLIA was the first office in Nebraska to receive an approved U-Visa.
If you are a survivor of a crime or believe that you are a victim of a crime, we are available to answer your questions.
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