As victims of violent crimes, immigrants often feel helpless
by Andrew Shilling
Apr 02, 2014 | 720 views | 3 3 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Councilman Daniel Dromm
Councilman Daniel Dromm
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Li Ping
Li Ping
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When two men assaulted and slit Chinese immigrant Li Ping’s throat in Elmhurst back in 1997, she recalled having a difficult time getting police involved in the investigation because she came to the country illegally in 1996.

After Congress later included U-Visas as a component of the Battered Women’s Protection Act in 2000, Ping and her attorney began working with the NYPD, a step that ultimately creates a pathway to citizenship for those who were victims of a violent crime.

Councilman Daniel Dromm has since worked with Ping’s attorney Daniel Worontzoff to ensure that her paperwork was finalized, enabling officers to pursue the case as well as get Ping citizenship, a process that was just completed this year.

Worontzoff explained that the whole point of the legislation was to create an incentive for immigrants to come forward and help catch violent criminals.

“Without the protections a U-visa can offer, undocumented immigrants would be easy targets for predatory criminals,” Worontzoff said. “With the dedication of those in law enforcement and government, the program can operate effectively.”

Dromm explained that many immigrants fear the possibility of deportation, so building a trust with the local police force has been a challenge for immigrants in the past.

“These types of problems are happening to our immigrant communities everyday, and often we can’t get the certification from the NYPD,” Dromm said in front of his district office in Jackson Heights earlier this week. “We are hoping with the change of the administration that will also change, and it’s time for it to change.”

Dromm explained that Ping was fortunate in her case, however many immigrants are not aware of U-Visas as well as the responsibility that the NYPD has in their work with the immigrant community.

“A lot of people do not know this relief is available to them,” Dromm said.

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Dan Worontzoff
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October 09, 2014
The Worontzoff Law Office, PLLC

37-08 Main Street Suite 305

Flushing NY 11354

718-539-8881

www.dwimmigrationlaw.com

Email:worontzofflawoffice@gmail.com
zhanggu
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April 04, 2014
whats li pings lawyers address and phone I want to apply for green card?
sallyqueens
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April 04, 2014
Great job Dromm and Li Ping's lawyers!!!