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Mar. 7, 2013 – Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act Adds Immigrants to Protected Classes

“[T]he VAWA [Violence Against Women Act] provides a temporary visa and
creates a pathway to legalization for undocumented immigrants who are
the victims of domestic abuse. The idea being that immigrants who are
subject to domestic violence don’t report it for fear of being deported
or are abused though the threat of deportation. As a result, VAWA has
been a useful tool for undocumented immigrants to come out of the
shadows by both speaking out against their abusers and securing legal