Legal Services

Uploaded Image: /uploads/images/DVLP_LegalServices1.jpgSafe Horizon's legal services can provide information, advice, referrals, and conflict resolution help.

Each year, more than 1,200 individuals and families call our Domestic Violence Law Project and Immigration Law Project offices seeking support directly, in addition to referrals for representation from the citywide domestic violence hotline, directly from district attorneys and family court and immigration judges, and from community groups throughout the five boroughs.

Both our Domestic Violence Law Project (DVLP) and Immigration Law Project (ILP) services provide free legal information and advice to domestic violence victims with family and immigration law-related matters. Additionally, we provide direct legal representation to low-income and indigent domestic violence victims in family and supreme court proceedings, and immigration matters throughout New York City.

We can provide help in the following matters:

  • Orders of Protection
  • Child and Spousal Support
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Divorce
  • Immigration

Domestic Violence Law Project

Safe Horizon established the Domestic Violence Law Project (DVLP) in 1991. Since its inception, DVLP has provided high-quality legal representation to thousands of low-income and indigent victims of violence in orders of protection, custody, support, and divorce proceedings. DVLP attorneys also advocate for clients within the criminal justice system. DVLP staff conducts educational training seminars with clients, pro bono attorneys, and agency staff in order to increase awareness of the legal issues facing victims of violence.

Contact the Domestic Violence Law Project, Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 5:30pm at 718.834.7430 x10 for assistance.

If our answering machine picks up, please let us know if it is safe for us to call you back or leave a message. If you cannot talk during those hours, exceptions can be made to talk at a later time.

Immigration Law Project

The Immigration Law Project (ILP), operating since 1988, provides free and low-cost services to victims of crime, torture, and abuse in immigration proceedings. ILP has represented hundreds of victims of violence in Violence Against Women Act self-petitions and adjustment proceedings as well as gender-based asylum claims.

Call the Immigration Law Project at 718.943.8632 for further assistance. Se habla espanol.

Anti-Trafficking Program Legal Services

The Safe Horizon Anti-Trafficking Program provides comprehensive legal services to survivors of human trafficking, including immigration assistance, criminal justice advocacy, and affirmative civil litigation. Survivors often require a wide range of legal services in order to stabilize and move beyond their victimization. ATP’s attorneys are among only a few in the country dedicated to working on human trafficking issues full-time. Representing survivors of human trafficking is complex, and it is also a lengthy process. Some cases may take as long as six or seven years to reach a resolution. Legal representation for foreign nationals demands a holistic understanding of criminal, civil, and immigration legal systems, and how they may intersect for a survivor. It also requires well-developed working relationships with service providers, law enforcement, and government agencies.

The program’s expert legal staff conduct a full assessment to identify each survivor’s specific legal needs and goals, including immigration relief; provision of rights-based education; and advocacy for the duration of the criminal justice process at the federal and state levels. Program attorneys also work with the client to explore possible civil remedies in federal court, or the filing administrative complaints with federal or state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the state or federal Departments of Labor to ensure that the client is presented with all possible remedies available to them under the law. Each survivor is an active participant in the development of his or her service plan, which is updated throughout the attorney-client relationship. Through ATP, survivors have an advocate on their side as they apply for immigration remedies and work with law enforcement throughout the criminal justice process, including investigation, prosecution, and sentencing of their trafficker.

If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, please call the Safe Horizon Anti-Trafficking Program at 718.943.8652 (Monday-Friday, 9-5). After hours, call Safe Horizon’s 24 hour toll-free Hotline at 800.621.HOPE (4673) or call the National Trafficking Resource Center at 888.373.7888.

For technical assistance, program information, and general inquiries contact the ATP at atpinfo@safehorizon.org.

Safe Horizon's mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities.
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