Kentucky Legal Aid helping non-resident crime victims gain legal status

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Tuesday Kentucky Legal Aid presented some programs to help non-U.S. residents who are victims of certain crimes get legal status.

The programs were created by the Violence Against Women Act. The act gives the non-resident victims temporary legal status and work eligibility in the U.S.

Legal Aid officials say it also helps law enforcement. "And they can prosecute the criminals who are hurting people in the shadows," said KLA Owensboro Managing Attorney Susan Montalvo-Gesser. "And if we can bring the people out of the shadows, get the criminals prosecuted, our communities are safer."

If you would like more information on these programs, you can call the Warren County office of Kentucky Legal Aid at 270-782-5740.

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