Access Inc. VAWA Legal Program
Access Inc. VAWA Legal Program began in 1998 with an initial $10,000 grant from the San Diego Foundation Alice B Hayes Fund to identify and represent 25 immigrant victims of domestic violence. Since then, the VAWA program has grown to be a clinical legal training program that serves over 200 immigrant victims of domestic violence,child abuse, and other vulnerable youth each year. With a staff of two domestic violence certified, bilingual and bi-cultural immigration attorneys and four legal interns Access Inc. VAWA Program is proud to promote self-sufficiency and economic independence through legal services.
Legal Services Provided:
Access Inc. immigration attorneys provide legal assistance under immigration law to immigrant victims of domestic violence and child abuse. Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) of 1994, undocumented immigrant spouses and children who are subject to battery and or extreme cruelty by an abusive U.S. citizen or Legal Permanent Resident spouse (green card holder) are eligible to file their own petitions for legal residency. Additional services include U visa application assistance, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and advocacy for the just treatment of immigrant victims of abuse.
5th Annual Esperanza: A Story of Hope Fundraiser
Join us for an inspirational evening of celebration and homage to immigrant survivors of domestic violence. Access Inc. presents the 5th Annual Esperanza: A Story of Hope Benefit Dinner featuring a keynote address by Dilkwahz Ahmed Executive Director & CEO of License to Freedom, our 2nd Annual Esperanza Award, and live performances from the 5 core San Diego immigrant and refugee communities we serve: Filipino, Latina/Mixtec, African, Vietnamese, and Middle Eastern.
All State Purple Purse Challenge 2018
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) and The Allstate Foundation has identified Access Inc. as a San Diego County representative for serving domestic violence victims and survivors through financial and legal education. From October 2 – 31, join the Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Challenge to raise awareness of domestic violence and financial abuse. Help us win a grant to benefit our domestic violence programs, ranging from $5,000 to $100,000, by creating your own fundraising page and asking friends to contribute to your team. Or, you can can make a one-time donation.
Win a Purple Purse by Supporting Access Inc.!
By donating to the Purple Purse Challenge and/or attending out 5th Annual Esperanza: A Story of Hope Benefit Dinner, attendees will have the chance to be entered into a opportunity drawing to win a custom designed purple purse through our partners the Allstate Foundation. This purse is designed by Actress and Allstate Foundation Purple Purse Ambassador Serena Williams.
To learn more about the impact of this nationwide challenge visit: #FreeToWalk