Victim of domestic violence granted lawful permanent residency
Clients Ms. R
Jones Day New York associates Lauren Buonome and Virginia Tomotani Uelze, with the help of Nubia Cabrera and two summer associates, represented a victim of domestic violence in successfully obtaining a battered spouse waiver under the Violence Against Women Act. The client, Ms. R., had suffered from physical, mental and verbal abuse by her husband, who continued to use the immigration system to harass and control her. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services approved the removal of the conditional basis of her lawful permanent residence, freeing Ms. R. from further relying on her abuser to remain legally in the country. Now, Ms. R. is able to live and work in the United States and begin a new life. The matter was referred to Jones Day by inMotion.