U Visa Pro Bono Project for Immigrant Victims of Violent Crimes
The U visa is for immigrants who have been victims of a violent crime and who have cooperated with law enforcement. It is an application filed with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services and does not require an appearance before the Immigration Court.
Undocumented immigrant survivors of violent crime often remain isolated and do not access the legal services for which they qualify due to language barriers, a limited education, and fear of interaction with the authorities that could lead to deportation. Centro Legal has provided these survivors with comprehensive bilingual and culturally sensitive services to help them overcome the barriers they face to accessing services. Without an attorney, most of these survivors would not apply for a U visa, despite their eligibility. Because of the dedication of our pro bono attorneys, we have been able to dramatically increase the number of survivors we serve together. With lawful status and increased stability, survivors can focus on overcoming crisis and begin healing and caring for their families.