Virginia Poverty Law Center
Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPLC) provides leadership, support, training, public education, and advocacy to address the civil legal needs of Virginia's low-income population. Our legal staff specializes in areas of law that affect low-income Virginians. Through training and communications we educate others about the legal rights of the poor and identify systemic problems and issues. We work collaboratively with Virginia's Legal Aid community, executive agencies and legislative bodies, and other organizations and stakeholders to represent the interests of low-income Virginians in the courts. Susheela Varky, the Staff Attorney who focuses on domestic and sexual violence, established a pilot pro bono immigration clinic with a private immigration law firm, the Challa Law Offices. Through the clinic, eligible low-income, undocumented immigrant victims of domestic or sexual violence may meet with attorneys to discuss their case and determine whether they are a candidate for visas, especially U visas or VAWA Self-Petitions. Attending the clinic does not guarantee eligibility for a U visa, VAWA Self-Petition, or any other immigration petition, nor does it guarantee free legal representation. That said, VPLC hopes to connect eligible victims with attorneys and other professionals who can help them with appropriate immigration petitions.
|Areas of immigration legal assistance:
||T visas, U visas, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) petitions
|Types of immigration legal services provided:
||Help completing forms, Filings with USCIS
||Legislative advocacy (state or national)
||Domestic Violence Victims
|Access to a commercial interpreting service or language bank:
|Nominal fee charged?
||Services are available for low-income victims of domestic or sexual violence who have completed a VPLC clinic intake that has been reviewed and approved for further action. Legal advice is also given over the phone.