Immigrants are particularly vulnerable to domestic violence and other crimes because they are far from home, may not speak English, and may not understand U.S. law.
If you are the victim of domestic violence or another crime, you do have options to seek protections and relief. At Maui Immigration Law, LLC, our Maui asylum lawyer helps clients throughout the state of Hawaii, including individuals and families who have been victimized and need to adjust their legal status.
Contact our law firm at (808) 244-5858 for more information about what to do if you are the victim of a crime.
Rights & Legal Options for Non-Citizen Victims
Immigrants are often afraid to seek help when they are a victim of a crime or domestic violence. Unfortunately, it is common for abusers to tell their immigrant spouses lies about what will happen if they call the police. Many people hesitate to seek help because they are afraid of being deported, arrested, or losing custody of their children.
Regardless of immigration or citizenship status, you have the right to:
- Obtain an order of protection for you and your children
- Legal separation or divorce without spousal consent
- Your share in marital property, custody of your children, and support
- Report a crime to the police
If you are a victim of domestic violence and not a citizen of the United States, there are options available to help you stay in the country.
The right option depends on several factors, including the citizenship status of your spouse and where the abuse took place. You may be able to apply for asylum, a U visa, or a Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petition. We can answer your questions and explain the options that are available, based on your unique circumstances.
Seek Advice from a Knowledgeable Immigration Attorney on Maui
Kevin J. Block is a knowledgeable Maui immigration lawyer helping domestic violence and crime victims seek asylum and other legal remedies. You can expect compassionate representation from an experienced immigration advocate when you contact our firm.
Ready to learn more about your legal options? Contact our offices today to request a consultation.