A recent L.A. Times article explores how undocumented immigrant women who are subject to domestic violence are avoiding law enforcement and the court system to help them. These women fear that asking for help would trigger deportation. The statistics seems to support these claims; during the first six months of 2017, many large California cities saw a significant decline in reports of domestic violence to law enforcement by Latinos. Many domestic violence victims have rejected what may be the only avenue of seeking help from the violence, fearing that a legal proceeding in court oreven a police report will make them more easily susceptible to deportation. For example, in the city of Los Angeles, there were 3 – 5% fewer reports of spousal abuse by Latinos in the first six months of the year as compared with the first six months of the year in 2016. In other California cities, the statistics were even more alarming. There was a decline of 18% in Latinos reporting domestic violence in San Francisco, and a decline of 13% in San Diego. Given these statistics, law enforcement officials now fear that Latinos will become the target of other types of crimes, given the victims’ reluctance to report crimes. Los Angeles police officers report that Latino residents react with apprehension when they attempt to interact with them. Even though LAPD officers do not ask individuals about their immigration status, immigrants don’t necessarily know that. They fear that not only will officers ask about their immigration status, but that they will deport them, as well. LAPD officers have held community meetings to try and help reassure fears in the Latino community, but some still view them as suspect. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we want immigrants to be able to access law enforcement and other necessary services as needed, particularly in situations involving domestic violence, without fear of deportation. No matter what the situation may be, however, we are dedicated to protecting the rights of detained noncitizens and working toward their release from detention. We know how to evaluate your case, explore your options, and provide you with the strongest defense against removal possible. Contact your California deportation defense attorneys today and set up an appointment to speak with our legal team.