Multicultural & Immigration Services

Case Management & Advocacy Services: the Multicultural Advocates use a trauma informed approach to assist immigrant victims and survivors to safety plan, identify their needs and the resources available to them, and to reach their goals.   We provide emotional support and help to identify strategies to overcome obstacles. The Multicultural Advocates meet one-on-one with our clients to discuss their plans. The Case Management services offer the opportunity to learn about and to access our transitional housing, emergency shelter, and legal services, amongst other options.

Legal Services: The Multicultural Program works closely with our Legal Department to offer free legal advocacy, to discuss immediate legal options, and to address longer term legal needs such as divorce, child support, custody and other matters. The Multicultural Advocates can provide assistance with filing Temporary Protective Orders (TPOs) which provide the victim of family violence with relief from the court in the form of an emergency order. TPOs are designed to limit the contact an abusive person is permitted to have with a victim. The Multicultural Advocates can also provide court accompaniment, and help scheduling court interpreters if needed.

Spanish Language Crisis Line: The Crisis Line Advocates are trained in the dynamics of domestic violence, lethality assessments, crisis intervention techniques, crime victim rights, legal advocacy procedures, family violence laws, shelter and community resources from around the state, and immigration issues concerning victims and survivors of domestic violence.  The Crisis Line Advocates act as liaisons with the local shelter to make sure that the arrangements are responsive, fluid and culturally competent.   If responding to a call from the local law enforcement, they may provide interpretation services between the victim and officers.  If the caller is requesting shelter, they may provide interpretation with the local shelter’s staff.

Emergency Shelter: The CFVC shelter provides temporary shelter for victims of Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking and their children.  The Multicultural Advocates provide support services to the immigrant women and children during their stay in the shelter.  See the CFVC Shelter tab.

Housing Assistance Program: Through our Housing Assistance Program for Immigrants, CFVC is able to assist a few of our clients with their rent payment while filing for immigration relief under VAWA or the U Non-Immigrant Status.  CFVC’s Transitional Housing program also provides affordable housing, in partnership with the Department of Community Affairs and the Section 8 Program, for those who qualify. Please call our offices and ask to speak to one of the Multicultural Advocates.

Spanish Language Support Group: Our weekly Support Group offers a safe and non-judgmental environment to discuss and explore options for victims and survivors of domestic violence. CFVC also offers other support groups for English speaking clients. Please call our offices (770) 479-1804 to obtain directions and meeting times.  Childcare is provided during support groups.

Leadership Program: In partnership with Lifting Latina Voices Initiative, the Multicultural Program offers monthly leadership workshops focusing on the needs of Latina women in Cherokee County. Reproductive health, self-esteem, immigrants’ rights, finances and parenting are among the workshop topics. All Latinas are welcome to attend. Call our office number (770) 479-1804 and ask to talk to a Multicultural Advocate to learn more about these free workshops. Childcare is provided during the workshops.

Immigration Services: CFVC is recognized by the Board of Immigration Appeals and has two Multicultural Advocates with Partial BIA Accreditation to provide free legal immigration assistance to immigrant victims and survivors of domestic violence. The Advocates will discuss your immigration options and resources depending on your immigration history/needs.  We can assist eligible victims filing for VAWA cases (USCIS relief for victims of domestic violence who have been or are currently married to an abusive U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident), and for U Non-Immigrant status (USCIS relief for victims of domestic violence and related crimes).