Best Practices: Immigrant Crime Victims, Language Access and the U & T Visa

The training covers the best practices and recommendations based on Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations, policies and training materials on U and T visa certification and will include a discussion of the benefits for law enforcement and prosecutors in following DHS’s recommendations for certification early in the case including in cases that are not ultimately prosecuted. The focus will be strongly on cases of immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and human trafficking but we will also provide an overview of the wide range of crimes that U visa covers. We will directly address the array of issues that prosecutors encounter when prosecuting cases involving immigrant crime victims and witnesses in both felony and misdemeanor cases. Many of the U visa covered crimes are misdemeanors and not felonies. The training will also be relevant to patrol officers and police officers responding to and investigating domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, stalking and human trafficking cases.

Author: National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project, National Sheriffs' Assocation and AEquitas, The Prosecutors' Resource on Violence Against Women, MNPD Domestic Violence Division

Federal Sponsor Agency: OVW

Publication Date: 2017

Publication Type: Flyer

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