In addition to the complex dynamics of domestic and sexual violence, the lack of immigration status results in another barrier to leaving abusive relationships. Undocumented victims often fall prey to abusers who use their legal status to coerce, abuse, threaten and control their victim.

Sojourner House is the only domestic and sexual violence agency in Rhode Island to be recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals to represent clients in their immigration cases, including, but not limited to, ā€œUā€ Visas and VAWA self-petitions.

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