Attention: open in a new window. PrintE-mail

Immigrant Women & Children Project

Cases & Credits

A citizen of India treated as a domestic slave

Ms. S. is a citizen of India. She is married and has two daughters who live in India with their father. Ms. S. worked for a diplomat and his family in Kuwait for almost one year before coming with them to the U.S. in July of 2005 as a domestic worker. She worked for them in the U.S. until November 2005, when she escaped their home in fear for her life. During the time she spent working for the family, she did not receive any monetary payment, was not allowed outside of the house and was given no time off. Ms. S.'s employers treated her like a slave, verbally, physically and emotionally abusing her to the point that she did not feel safe living or working with them.

Ms. S. was connected to IWC, where staff helped her file an I-914 (T Visa Application) for herself and her children and husband in India. Her T Visa application was approved in a few months and with it she received an employment authorization card, which has allowed her to work and get back on her feet. With her T Visa, Ms. S. is also immediately eligible to apply for permanent residency.