Since its founding, Advancing Justice - LA has served immigrant survivors of domestic violence, particularly those who are low-income and limited English speaking. Immigrant women and their children are vulnerable to abuse because of language issues, lack of financial resources, fear of authority and law enforcement, and unfamiliarity with the American legal system.
As one of the only providers of linguistically and culturally sensitive legal services for Southern California’s Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities, Advancing Justice - LA has aided thousands of immigrants over the years.
Advancing Justice - LA’s bilingual staff focuses on providing legal assistance to domestic violence survivors with family law and immigration services. Family law matters include assistance with obtaining restraining orders, child custody and support orders, and divorce and paternity judgments. Advancing Justice - LA also helps survivors gain legal status without relying on their abuser through laws like the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) or the U-Visa, designed to help victims of crime.
In addition to domestic violence survivors, Advancing Justice - LA also helps immigrants who are victims of labor or sex trafficking obtain legal status through the T-Visa.
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petitions: Immigration Relief for Victims of Domestic Violence