VAWA Affidavit Preparation
Rosanna specializes in VAWA affidavit preparation, a task that she takes on with special enthusiasm as she realizes her small role in helping a survivor find new freedom by assisting with the VAWA self petition affidavit.
With a thorough understanding of the many manifestations domestic abuse against immigrants and how seemingly small individual acts can combine to create a hostile environment of extreme cruelty (even in the absence of battery), she is able to help the applicant put their experience into words while being conscious of the elements set forth in the Violence Against Women Act provisions that the attorney needs to argue for a successful petition.
It can be incredibly important to be aware of stigmas in certain cultures regarding domestic violence, which may make it even more difficult for some applicants to share the details of battery and extreme cruelty endured. In fact, such notions can be so ingrained in the applicant, that s/he may not even be aware of the extent of the abuse that they have suffered.
The interviewer simply must know what to ask- and when to ask it. Always, the aim is to create a calm, open atmosphere during the interview which allows the applicant to tell their story without feeling shamed or judged by the interviewer. This typically results in the applicant being willing and able to more accurately recall the very details which may make their case stronger. Further, Rosanna has significant experience in working with both male and victims of domestic violence.
VAWA affidavit drafting service includes the following:
- Review evidence of any abuse available, if any (police reports, medical reports, psychological examinations, court records, photographs, letters, client’s statement, etc.)
- Interview applicant via phone or Skype*
- Draft affidavit for attorney’s review
- Unlimited revisions to affidavit at attorney’s request
As a courtesy at no additional cost, Rosanna can also share with the attorney information on pertinent documents, publications and resources from her extensive collection, sourced from domestic violence organizations (including immigrant-focused advocacy groups), shelters and advocacy groups across the nation. These can help the attorney understand their client’s plight in order to argue more effectively for them – and in many cases, have also been used as supporting evidence by the attorneys when they submit the I-360.