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ATTORNEY SILVIA MANZANERO ASSISTS SURVIVOR OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TERMINATE REMOVAL PROCEEDINGS

In November, 2015, the Immigration Court in Orlando, Florida, terminated removal proceedings in the case of a Jamaican national immigrant woman, clearing the path for her adjustment of status to permanent residence. Attorney Silvia Manzanero is the Attorney of Record in the case.

Manzanero’s client found herself in removal proceedings when her U.S. citizen husband withdrew the I-130 Petition for Alien Relative that he had filed on his wife’s behalf. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) placed Manzanero’s client in removal proceedings, alleging, inter alia, that she had attempted to enter into a fraudulent marriage.

Unbeknown to DHS, Manzanero’s client had married in good faith, but had become the victim of battery and severe emotional cruelty perpetrated by her U.S. citizen husband, who used her wife’s immigration status as an overstay visitor to control her. This is a widely recognized behavioral pattern recurrent in cases of domestic violence and spousal abuse.

Attorney Manzanero prepared a compelling I-360 self-petition pursuant to provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Vermont Service Center, promptly approved.

As a self-petitioning abused spouse of a United States citizen, Manzanero’s client is eligible to apply for adjustment to permanent resident status.

Attorney Manzanero requested the Immigration Court to terminate proceedings, allowing her client to pursue her adjustment of status application in a non-adversarial process before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The Immigration Court recognized the merits of the case, and granted Attorney Manzanero’s Motion to Terminate Proceedings, unopposed by the U.S. Office of the Chief Counsel.

Attorney Silvia Manzanero has successfully represented numerous survivors of domestic violence through meticulously prepared VAWA petitions, U Nonimmigrant Status applications, and I-751 waivers to joint filing.

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