As someone who entered the country through unconventional methods, you may face numerous anxieties on a daily basis. Issues that could seem negligible to a citizen or green card holder may seem insurmountable to you as an undocumented immigrant. Illness, injury or even crimes committed against you may leave you more fearful as the threat of deportation may loom if you choose to seek help. These fears may amplify even more if you have children you hope to protect.
In the United States, everyone has the right to be safe and live a life free from violence. In 2000, the U visa was put into place as part of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act. It is meant to help protect non-U.S. citizens who have suffered abuse, sexual assault, involuntary servitude, human trafficking and other serious crimes.
A coalition of Latino nonprofits is working to help victims of the Orlando shooting and their family members, including those who are undocumented immigrants. According to the latest updates, there were three victims in the shooting who were undocumented. Two were injured and are now recovering in the hospital, while the other person died in the attack.