Deported woman seeks U-Visa
By Chris Casey, Greeley Tribune, and the I-News Network
Video by Laressa Bachelor, photos by Deccio Lizzardy Serrano
Maria Gaspar endured two years of beatings and threats from her boyfriend in Greeley, but she was reluctant to go to police because she was an illegal immigrant.
Gaspar eventually told authorities about the abuse and got a restraining order against her boyfriend. He was deported to his native Guatemala.
Then her real problems began.
Within a couple years, Gaspar was seized by immigration agents and deported, too, leaving her young son and mother behind in Greeley. Back home in Guatemala, the ex-boyfriend tracked her down and beat her again.
Gaspar’s life is now in danger in Guatemala, says Gaspar’s attorney, Christine Hernandez of Denver. Hernandez is trying to help the 27-year-old get a relatively new kind of visa. Called a U Visa, it is given only to noncitizen victims of serious crime who did or will help law enforcement catch the criminals. It gives the victim temporary legal status and the potential to apply for a green card. Show more text →