Lopez was almost killed by her Dutch husband after she sponsored him into the United States. He admitted to marrying her for a green card and then terrorized her to keep her quiet. She testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee about her case in 2017. Although the Department of Homeland Security warned her to protect herself from this "dangerous man" in 2016, the agency still refuses to investigate his extensive criminal activities or deport him. Lopez lives in hiding with help from the State of New Jersey.