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Immigrant Women & Children Project

Overview

Immigration Intake Line: 212.382.6710

The Immigrant Women and Children Project began in the spring of 1996. We offer free legal assistance to immigrant survivors of violent crimes, including domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and human trafficking. Volunteer attorneys assist clients with the preparation of immigration applications, including special immigration relief under the Violence Against Women Act through self-petitions and battered spouse waivers. We also assist applicants with U & T visas, for those survivors of violent crimes who cooperated with law enforcement.

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The IWC Project team: (l-r) Stephanie Urugutia,
Suzanne Tomatore, Laura Matthews-Jolly

The Project accepts cases from the general public as well as from community-based organizations, law enforcement and domestic violence organizations. Clients come from countries around the globe, including China, the Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Guyana, Great Britain, Colombia, Brazil, India, Nigeria, Russia, and many others.

In addition to our immigration work, we also assist our clients by counseling them on their rights in criminal and civil legal matters. We accompany our clients to report the crimes to law enforcement and represent them throughout the criminal investigation and prosecution. We also work with pro bono attorneys on filing wage and hour complaints and filing civil law suits against traffickers.

As leading legal experts in this field, the Immigrant Women and Children Project trains attorneys, law enforcement, the judiciary, social service providers, healthcare professionals and others on immigration law, human trafficking, and domestic violence. If your organization is interested in a training, please email iwc@nycbar.org for more information.

For more information, please view our brochure.

To read our report "Spotlight on 150 Human Trafficking Cases," click here.