Justice for Bessy
Many immigrant women are afraid to get help and their abusers often use the threat of deportation to intimidate and control their families. Among 4,636 women served by Her Justice last year, 80% are survivors of intimate partner violence and 73% are mothers. Her Justice helps these strong and resilient NYC women get access to justice.
Originally from El Salvador, Bessy was abused by her stepfather for years until her mother came to retrieve her and bring her back to the U.S. as an undocumented immigrant. There she witnessed her mother’s own abusive situation and escaped by finding a partner with whom she had two children. After years of emotional abuse where he threatened to have her children removed because she was undocumented, he became physically abusive in front of their daughter. Bessy left immediately.
Bessy’s team of volunteer lawyers obtained a U Visa for her, allowing her to live and work in the U.S. Three years after the approval of her U Visa, her pro bono attorneys are now processing her application for permanent residence. Bessy now feels so safe with her children, happy and ambitious, that she ran her second TCS New York City Marathon in 2018 and is hoping to return to school for a surgical registered nursing degree.