US Law Still Protects Abused Immigrant Spouses

The renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) also extends protection available to immigrant victims of abusive relationships, reports GMA News.  An immigrant seeking to legalize status through VAWA must establish that he or she married a U.S. citizen (“USC”) or lawful permanent resident (“LPR”) in good faith and was the victim of battery or extreme cruelty. Through VAWA, thousands of abused men and women have escaped destructive marital relationships and legalized their status.