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Attorneys David F. Vedder and Silvia Manzanero Assisted Victim of Domestic Abuse in Obtaining Immigration Relief

On February 2014, after a year and a half of suffering physical and psychological abuse at the hands of her United States citizen husband, a Jamaican national immigrant woman was granted immigration relief under the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA).

VAWA was enacted to provide immigration protection for abused spouses, children and parents of United State citizens or lawful permanent residents, allowing the victim (or survivor) to self-petition based on the abuse they have endured. VAWA self-petitioners may also concurrently or subsequently apply for lawful permanent status.

Attorneys David F. Vedder and Silvia Manzanero worked relentlessly with the victim in this case to obtain the relief that she deserves. The attorneys presented a compelling case, demonstrating that their client had suffered both battery and extreme cruelty by her abuser. In addition, Vedder and Manzanero identified a rare agency error that threatened their client’s eligibility for protection. The attorneys successfully convinced immigration officials to correct their mistake, and their client obtained her immigration benefit shortly thereafter.

“Our client was trapped in an abuse relationship. She courageously reached out for help, and we are very pleased we could help” Manzanero said.