If you are an immigrant without permanent status to be in the U.S., you may be afraid to say you were a crime victim. You may fear that if you tell the police about the crime, they will check your immigration status and you could be deported. You may think it’s safer for you to avoid the risk of deportation than to ask for help as a victim of crime.
But if you are a victim of domestic violence, human trafficking, and certain other crimes, U.S. law may protect you even if you are undocumented.
This section has information about your rights as an immigrant who has been a victim of crime. For more information, visit the USCIS website. Please see WARNING (in tab below).
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.
The New York State Hotline for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence: 1-800-942-6906.
National Human Trafficking Hotline: Call 1-888-373-7888 (TTY: 711) | Text 233733