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.

Ayo Gansallo awarded the 2017 Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award

 HIAS Pennsylvania is proud to report that HIAS Pennsylvania Senior Staff Attorney Ayo Gansallo is receiving the 2017 Philadelphia Bar Foundation Award. Ayo was selected to receive this year’s award in recognition of her years of tireless service on behalf of some of the most vulnerable members of our population – immigrants and refugees.


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