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Help for Undocumented Victims of Crime

By Susana Martinez & Sheila Neville

A client who walks through your door may be the victim of domestic violence and in the United States without documentation. She may be wary of following through in reporting and prosecuting the crime because of her status. You may be able to help her get justice and obtain lawful status in the United States. Victims of certain crimes who cooperate with law enforcement are eligible for "U" nonimmigrant status and after three years may apply for permanent residence in the United States. This is an extraordinary remedy and one which Legal Services Corporation grantees may pursue.

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