Can Esperanza Help Me if I Am an Immigrant and Being Abused? Sometimes abusers will try to control you if you are an immigrant—legal or not. An abuser might threaten to expose you to the government or have your children taken away.  But you have protection under the law. If you are being abused and you are concerned about your immigrant status—don’t worry. Esperanza will provide any victim of domestic violence with a safe place to stay. We will also refer you to free immigration lawyers. We work very closely with the New Mexico Immigrant Law Center. Their number is: 505-247-1023.