Survivors of crime, regardless of their immigration or citizenship status, can and should receive due process and equal protection and support from law enforcement, the courts, government agencies and victim service providers.
Services should be culturally responsive and should include access to skilled interpreters; whenever possible, it is helpful to connect survivors with service providers who speak their native language or a similar dialect.
Immigrant status and the fear of deportation often impacts whether or not a survivor seeks support or reports domestic violence; especially if the abuser uses the threat of deportation as a control tactic. The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) offers the VAWA self-petition and the U and T Visas, which afford women the means to leave an abusive situation, protect their children, and not have to worry about deportation. Immigration legal experts can assist with these procedures.
Many services and immigration relief are available to immigrant and refugee survivors of domestic violence.
Utah Domestic Violence Hotline
In addition to connecting immigrant survivors with basic safety information and services, Utah Domestic Violence Hotline can also connect them with a culturally responsive advocate who specializes in services and support for immigrants and refugees.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Information and referral to shelters, counseling, housing, legal advice and other supports and services.
Refugee and Immigration Center – Asian Association of Utah
Case management services, employment help, counseling and mental health care, English classes, after-school tutoring and many other programs and supportive services for refugees and immigrants. Staff members are from multiple locations across the globe and, combined, they are fluent in more than 30 languages. Website information is available in more than 50 languages.
Catholic Community Services of Utah
Provide full legal representation to immigrants and refugees wanting to “legalize” and provide consultation specific to immigration laws, procedures and basic eligibility.
International Rescue Committee – Salt Lake
801-883-8452 (Immigration and Citizenship Services)
Provide newly arrived refugees support with housing, rent, health care, food, English language classes, immigration and citizenship, employment, computer and finance skills, social services and education.
Utah Refugee Center
Case management, mental health care, dental services, immigration and citizenship preparation, housing, legal and victim assistance, food resources and interpreters.
2-1-1 United Way Utah
Information and referral to resources – organizations, companies and other organizations that offer community services – across Utah. Resources can be found by keyword, agency, need and county.
A nonprofit resources center for immigrants – online information is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, Haitian Creole, Hmong, Khmer, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Battered Spouse, Children & Parents
Guidance, information, brochures and important forms for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and those who are supporting them as they transition to safety.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services: Utah Field Office
Legal Services Corporation
Detailed guidance for preparing the VAWA self-petition and applying for residence.
ACLU: Immigrants’ Rights
Statistics, current issues, court cases, citizenship procedures, ICE and Border Patrol abuse, immigration laws and immigrants’ rights.
ACLU of Utah
Legal advocacy and litigation to ensure due process and equal rights for immigrants.