2021 was another great year for the MDIVANI CORPORATE IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM PRO BONO PROGRAM. This year, despite the challenges of the second year of a pandemic, we continued providing free legal services to immigrant women and children who are victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes, based on referrals from domestic violence shelters in Kansas and Missouri.
We want to highlight the amazing work the advocates and shelter administration/staff have done on keeping these survivors safe during this tumultuous time. The quick efforts of the shelters to relocate, considering health and confidentiality, of their residents resulted in their continued safety. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Business Immigration Attorneys Mira Mdivani, Danielle Atchison, Leyla McMullen, and Hadley Bybee ; as well as law clerks, Abigail Sepich, Doug Bartel and Bryce Slaughter, worked with women and children referred by local domestic violence shelters and assistance programs to ensure that these immigrant survivors have access to high quality legal representation in obtaining and maintaining legal status in the United States to enable them to break the cycle of violence.
Free Legal Services Provided to the Survivors: I-360 petitions based on Domestic Violence Under the Violence Against Women Act, U Visa petitions, Applications for green cards, Naturalization for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
In 2021, Mdivani Corporate Immigration Law Firm provided free legal services to immigrant women survivors of domestic violence in applying for legal status in the United States under the Violence Against Women Act.
In 2021, we continued providing free legal services to women and children victims of crimes falling within the U Visa category. These individuals are eligible to apply for status in the United States if they are a victim of a qualifying crime and are helpful in prosecuting the perpetrator.
If possible, we provide ongoing services to our pro bono clients as they become eligible. Specifically, we will work for justice for victims to gain status in the United States, then permanent residency (green card), on to U.S. citizenship. This year, we were proud to represent two of our clients in naturalization proceedings pro bono. We have conducted analysis and foresee us filing several more next year!
Our services range throughout the entire immigration process for our clients. We often jump into cases where the victim already has status but has had their evidence of status stolen, such as a green card. Stealing passports, green cards, etc. is often used by abusers to control their victims.