Nuestra Comunidad: Immigrant legal aid helps domestic violence victims

The goal is to help immigrants who have undergone these circumstances and qualify to apply for the U Visa or Violence Against Women Act self-petition.
News Story (Georgia)

Samantha Díaz Roberts
Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC)
November 4, 2016

Tags: Domestic Violence, Immigration Process

Organizations mentioned/involved: Mil Mujeres (Atlanta)


Mil Mujeres has several locations throughout the United States, with its Atlanta chapter taking first steps toward designation in 2014. Since then, a series of planning and effort has led to the organization’s recent introduction to the community.

“The best thing about working here is seeing how we help other people,” said Ángel Alonso, director of the Atlanta office of Mil Mujeres. “Our commitment, the organization’s commitment, is to work in favor of victims of violence and domestic violence. It doesn’t matter if you are undocumented or if you don’t have papers. We are here to help you.”

Mil Mujeres began in 2007 in Washington D.C., through the efforts of an immigration lawyer who saw the need to create an entity that could help victims of violence and domestic violence with the application process for a U Visa, among other humanitarian services.