The Legal Advocacy Program, specifically designed for refugee and immigrant victims of domestic violence, assists victims with direct services, crisis counseling, immigration relief, information and referrals for legal aid and advice.
The Legal Advocacy Program provides legal advocacy, such as temporary protective orders and legal referrals for child support, divorce, child custody, immigration and support services for battered refugee and immigrant women.
Our program provides the following services:
- support and advocacy during court procedures;
- assistance in filling out petitions for temporary protective orders and criminal warrants;
- secure interpretation services;
- educate survivors about their rights (including immigration options), the American court system and available services;
- advocate for survivors’ rights during court sessions;
- step-by-step explanation of court procedures and discussion of immigration consequences as they pertain to certain legal procedures;
- assistance for survivors as they seek immigration relief and the filing of related applications;
- connect survivors with pro-bono family law or immigration attorney (i.e., Atlanta Legal Aid Society, Catholic Charities, Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network (GAIN) and Latin American Association);
- secure access to other supportive services such as medical, counseling, housing and eligible benefits; and
- needed transportation, if applicable.