Many immigrants who do not have permanent status to remain in the United States are afraid to admit they are victims of crime. These crime victims are afraid that if they call the police to report the crime, their immigration status will be examined and they may be forced to leave the United States. To them, the help they can get as a crime victim is not worth the risk of deportation.
If you are an immigrant who does not have permanent status and are a victim of crime, please know that U.S. law has protections for immigrants – even for some undocumented immigrants – who have been victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, or certain other crimes.
Below is some general information about your rights as an immigrant victim of crime. Visit the USCIS website for more information.
For immediate help and to report a crime, call 911.
Visit the NYS Social Programs website for help with housing, food, unemployment assistance, and other services.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - confidential support for people in distress: 1-800-273-8255.
Adult Protective Services: 1-844-697-3505.
Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Hotline: 1-800-942-6906.
National Human Trafficking Hotline: Call 1-888-373-7888 (TTY: 711) | Text 233733