Immigration Project

The Immigration Project of CONNECT’s Legal Advocacy Program (LAP) provides immigrant victims of domestic violence with free, high-quality legal services for obtaining a formal immigration status, such as a visa or a green card, in the United States.

The goal of CONNECT’s Immigration Project is to empower all immigrant survivors of domestic violence through education and access to critical legal and social services, regardless of income. We recognize the value of engaging our clients in their own legal cases and practice client-centered lawyering, partnering with survivors to develop strategies for success. LAP also partners with NYC-based immigrant-rights organizations to connect issues faced by immigrant domestic violence survivors to broader issues faced by all immigrants in the U.S. We offer training and support to community-based organizations and aim to help our partners develop their own capacity to serve immigrant survivors of domestic violence.

LAP staff, volunteer attorneys, legal interns and advocates connect clients with immigration relief by preparing and filing the following applications:

• Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) self-petitions;
• Battered spouse waivers;
VAWA Cancellations of removal;
• U nonimmigrant status; and
VAWA or U Visa-based Adjustment of Status

LAP also assists domestic violence survivors in pro se (self-represented) applications for Naturalization and in preparation for the required civics exam. LAP has conducted pro se Naturalization clinics and exam preparation courses combined with economic empowerment.


For more information on the Immigration Project, please contact:

Legal Advocacy Helpline
Monday – Friday
9:30 am – 5:00 pm