Specialized Services for Victims

UURISE provides specialized, compassionate services to victims.

If you have been the victim of domestic violence, human trafficking or other crimes, you may be eligible for immigration relief under specialized programs and visas. UURISE has specially trained, compassionate staff who will meet with you one on one to assess your eligibility for relief.

VAWA

If you are a victim of Domestic Violence and are or were married to a Lawful Permanent Resident or US Citizen, you may be eligible for immigration relief under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). It is important to note that VAWA relief is available for men and women, regardless of their immigration status.

To qualify for VAWA, you must:

  • Have or have had a qualifying relationship with the abuser
  • Qualifying relationships include spouse, parent or child of the abuser
  • Live or have lived with the abuser
  • Have good moral character
  • Have been a victim of battery or extreme cruelty.

U-Visa for Victims of Criminal Activity

If you are the victim of certain crimes, including Domestic Violence if your abuser is not a US Citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident or if you are not legally married to your abuser, you may be eligible for immigration relief.

To qualify for a U-Visa, you must:

  • Be the victim of qualifying criminal activity and have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of the crime
  • Have credible and reliable information about the qualifying criminal activity
  • Be willing to assist law enforcement in the investigation and/or prosecution of the crime

 

Additionally, the investigating or prosecuting law enforcement agency must be willing to sign a certification indicating that you were willing to assist in the investigation and/or prosecution of the crime.

Qualifying criminal acts include:

  • Abduction / kidnapping
  • Abusive Sexual Contact
  • Blackmail / Extortion
  • Domestic Violence
  • False Imprisonment / Hostage
  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Felonious Assault
  • Fraud in Foreign Labor Contracting
  • Incest
  • Involuntary Servitude
  • Kidnapping
  • Manslaughter / Murder
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Peonage
  • Perjury
  • Prostitution
  • Rape

 

T-Visa for Victims of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking or trafficking in persons is a form of modern slavery. Victims are often hired under false pretenses, and promised good jobs and a better lives, but are then forced to work under brutal and inhuman conditions. T-Visas offer immigration relief to victims of severe forms of trafficking in persons, regardless of their immigration status.

 

To qualify for a T-Visa, you must:

  • Be a victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons
  • Be physically present in the US as a result of the trafficking
  • Be willing to participate in the investigation and/or prosecution of the trafficking crime(s) (* not applicable if the victim is under age 18).
  • Suffer extreme hardship involving unusual and severe harm if you are removed from the US

 

If you are interested in a consultation to determine if you may be eligible for these specialized services, please call or Email: appts@uurise.org for an appointment. Clients seen by appointment only.