crime victims program staff

Christina Garcia
Accredited Representative
CVP Director

Alexandra Fath

Rachel Jackson

about the program

The Crime Victims Program (CVP) is one of the longest-standing programs at Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center. The CVP provides immigration legal relief through various avenues, including:

  • VAWA (Violence Against Women Act), for survivors of domestic violence

  • U-Visa, for survivors of a serious crime violating U.S. laws

  • T-Visa, for survivors of human trafficking for sexual and labor purposes

  • Petitions to Remove Conditions on Residence (based on domestic violence)

  • Other benefits available to survivors of domestic violence, serious crimes, or human trafficking.

Under the direction of Christina Garcia, CVP Director and DOJ Accredited Representative, the CVP staff assists survivors of crime by aiding them through legal intake, consultations, and the petitioning process.

Through the CVP, clients are able to obtain:

  • Deferred action and lawful status

  • Work permits

  • Many are able to apply for lawful permanent residency through the program

about vawa

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a congressional act passed in 1994 and reauthorized in 2000, 2005, and 2013 that sought to improve the criminal justice and community-based responses to domestic violence, as well as dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in the United States.

Under VAWA, an individual may be eligible to become a lawful permanent resident if they are the survivor of battery or extreme cruelty at the hands of a U.S. citizen spouse, former spouse or parent or a lawful permanent resident spouse, former spouse, or parent.

additional information

For more information on the Crime Victims Program, please email For consultations with our legal staff, please visit the link below.