As an immigration lawyer in Tampa, Florida, my practice often involves victim advocacy. Clients who have experienced varying degrees of violence in the United States can be protected through immigration processes. Here are a few examples.
• Form I-360: This petition is for abused spouses, parents, and children of U.S. citizens.
• U-Visa: This petition is for victims of criminal activity in the United States. For example, domestic violence, felonious assault, stalking, and many others.
• T-Visa: This application is for victims of severe forms of human trafficking. Cases can involve labor trafficking or sex trafficking.
Many times, applicants can include family members in their requests. There are specific requirements to qualify for each of the above forms of relief. If applicants can meet the requirements, they can be eligible for work authorization (i.e. work card) and eventual lawful permanent residence (i.e. green card) in the Untied States. If you or someone you know has been victimized in the United States, please feel free to reach out to me for advice on victim advocacy options.