The Double Threat of Immigration and Domestic Violence

Rosa* is an undocumented immigrant woman who is in an abusive marriage; her husband is a U.S. citizen who refuses to sponsor her for citizenship. 
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) provides pathways for immigrant victims of domestic violence - like Rosa - to stabilize their immigration statuses independent of their abusers, such as the VAWA self-petition and the U visa. VAWA also protects them from getting referred to authorities for deportation even if their case gets denied (unless they have been convicted of serious crimes). 
Continue Rosa's story at Women in Transition here.

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