Asylum Cases and Other Victim Services

This firm was started because of Attorney LaFountain’s work on her first asylum case in law school and her passion for helping those who have left their home countries out of fear and relocated to the United States with very little to start their new lives.

Asylum is for individuals who have fled persecution in their home country. These individuals must prove that their persecution (or their well-founded fear of persecution) is based on their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. They must file within one year of arriving in the United States or otherwise explain the changed conditions or extraordinary circumstances for not doing so. Alternatives to asylum are withholding of removal or relief under the Convention Against Torture (“CAT”). These cases require a considerable amount of preparation. We understand the severity of your case and will do all that we can to present a strong claim on your behalf.

Besides asylum, U.S. immigration law has other provisions to help individuals who are or have been victimized, such as:

  • The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), for victims of abuse;
  • T visas, for victims of trafficking;
  • U visas, for victims of certain crimes;
  • Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”), for people who are already in the United States when natural disasters, war or other conflicts make it unsafe for them to return home; and
  • Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (“SIJS”), for minors who have been abused, abandoned or neglected and cannot be reunited with a parent.