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Who Started This Site and Why?

After finding herself in a "green-card marriage" and forced to flee  her home for safety, Elena Maria Lopez  (her story) started in 2002. Desperate to find good information on the immigration process and marriage fraud, she set up the site to fill a void for fraud victims such as herself.  She also wrote and distributed a free legal guide to help fellow immigration fraud victims.

Lopez’s personal story appeared in USA Today, Fox News, The Star-Ledger, the Spanish-language El Sol Latino newspaper and the international press. Geraldo at Large (Fox News) featured her personal story and her research.

Since first writing about the problem of immigration fraud, other victims have continued to contact Lopez for help. These fraud victims include college professors, doctors, scientists, lawyers and newly naturalized U.S. citizens. Men are just as likely as women to be victimized.

Based on her incredible experiences and research, a journalism colleague talked Lopez into writing a book. She’s currently searching for a publisher for her manuscript, The Mourning Bride.