MUA ensures that Latina immigrant women and their families are able to access high quality legal services for immigration related issues as well as domestic violence and family law cases.
In 2007, MUA helped to found the San Francisco Immigrant Legal Services and Education Network. Through this Network, MUA is able to connect our our members to legal partners at Dolores Street Community Services, CARECEN, La Raza Centro Legal, La Raza Community Resource Center, Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus, and Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach for violence-related immigration status remedies such as VAWA and the U and T Visa program as well as deportation defense. In the East Bay, MUA works with pro bono lawyers from the Immigration Committee of the National Lawyers’ Guild to ensure representation for our members.
MUA also collaborates with professional case managers from the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department, who provide intensive domestic violence legal services trainings for our members. An Advocate from the DA’s Victim Service Division is available on-site once a week to provide individual consultations for women who are navigating the criminal justice system (as victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes) in San Francisco.
MUA also works with workers’ rights attorneys at the Women’s Employment Rights Clinic at Golden Gate University to provide representation to domestic workers whose rights have been violated.