of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking
Regardless of immigration status, Legal Aid NC helps immigrants who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.
In addition to helping you end the cycle of abuse, we also provide immigration legal services.
Domestic violence can include behaviors that physically harm, intimidate, manipulate or control a partner, or otherwise force them to behave in ways they don’t want to.
Sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behavior that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. Sexual assault includes everything from unwanted touching to rape.
Human trafficking happens when a trafficker bribes, forces or tricks a victim into performing work or sex acts.
Legal representation is key to ending the cycle of abuse.
Even if you have not called law enforcement against your abuser, Legal Aid NC can help. We can tell you your rights, and work to help you secure legal immigration status, a work permit, and protection from deportation.
Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-petitions
Survivors who are married to or recently divorced from a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR, also known as a “Green Card” holder) who has abused them may be able to self-petition instead of relying on their abusive spouse to file the application for them.
This visa is offered to certain victims of crimes (including domestic violence and sexual assault) who cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation and/or prosecution of the crime committed against them. For this type of visa, an immigrant need not be married to her abuser, and her abuser does not need to be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
Survivors of labor and/or sex trafficking may be eligible for this visa.