Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking are modern-day epidemics that tragically impact people of every age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and walk of life living in Southern California, as well as in all other parts of the world. Because these are sensitive topics that many survivors do not feel comfortable disclosing or discussing, many people do not realize the amount of assistance that is available through local court systems to those who have survived Domestic Violence and/or Human Trafficking.
Our legal services department works with individuals like Maria. She is an undocumented immigrant and a survivor of domestic violence. Maria came to WTLC after an incident that left her on the streets. When she heard about our services, she was overjoyed to have a safe place to stay and to learn that not only did she qualify to apply for a U-Visa, she had also already obtained much of the documentation that would help support and strengthen her application during the processing stage. She is working with our legal advocates to ensure that her application process is smooth. What normally would cost thousands of dollars, we are able to provide at no cost to her.
WTLC’s Legal Services Team works directly with survivors like Maria to educate and support them as they seek to obtain legal protection against those who have caused them harm. Survivors meet with a caring and professional Legal Advocate to understand their legal options and develop a strategy to accomplish their goals. From there, survivors are able to receive assistance with obtaining domestic violence restraining orders, child custody, visitation, or other court orders, and may be eligible to receive a variety of immigration-related services. As a Department of Justice certified organization, WTLC’s legal services support survivors as they realize their legal goals, providing information about court processes and procedures, helping them prepare for their court hearing, and accompanying them to court on the day of the hearing. With the help of WTLC’s Legal Advocates, many survivors have found the courage to stand up for themselves and obtain legal protection against their abusers. Together, we can march forward as we choose to live every day with less fear! For more information on our services, contact [email protected] or 714-992-1939 x 122.