What About Immigrant Victims

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Immigrant victims often feel trapped in relationships with batterers for many reasons including:
  • Immigration Laws
  • Language difficulties and Limited English Proficiency
  • Social Isolation from their native community
  • Lack of resource - economic, emotional, and physical
Benefits and Services available regardless of Immigration Status:
  • Orders of Protection for more information please click here
  • Prenatal Care is available to all women in Arkansas no matter the immigration status.
  • Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act anyone without health insurance may seek treatment to save their life. For more information, please click here .
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers these health centers provide care regardless of immigration status or ability to pay and help many victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. To locate a health center in Arkansas near you, please click here .
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Immigrant victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault may be eligible for:
  • VAWA Self-Petition - helps immigrant victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault get lawful permanent resident status without help from the batterer spouse, parent or child
  • U-Visa - helps certain victims of crimes including domestic violence and/or sexual assault to gain temporary, non-immigrant status and keeps the victim from being removed from the United States.
  • T-Visa - helps victim of severe forms of human trafficking stay in the United States and help in investigation and prosecution.

For more information, please click to contact Catholic Charities Immigrant Services .



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