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Building law enforcement capacity to serve immigrant victims

Building Law Enforcement Capacity to Serve Immigrant Victims

The National Immigrant Victims’ Access to Justice Partnership

Salem, Oregon

February 19, 2014


Building law enforcement capacity to serve immigrant victims

This project was supported by Grant No. 2009-DG-BX-K018 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the SMART Office, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the United States Department of Justice.


Introduction

Introduction

  • Faculty

  • Housekeeping

  • Pre-Training Assessment

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Overview of training folder

Overview of Training Folder

  • Pre-Training Assessment

  • Agenda

  • PowerPoint Presentation

  • Faculty Biographies

  • Participant List

  • Technical Assistance Information

  • Glossary

  • U-visa Toolkit (contains Quick Reference Guide, Frequently Asked Questions, Sample Designee Letter)


U visa tool kit

U-visa Tool Kit

  • Background Information

  • Quick Reference Guide

  • Certification Instructions

  • Sample Redacted U-visa

    • Certification (I-918B)

  • Sample Designee Letter

  • Sample Officer’s Duties

  • Sample Outreach Flyer

  • Sample Protocol

  • News Articles Summary

  • Statutory and Regulatory Background,

  • DHS Guidance

  • Flowchart

  • Frequently Asked Questions


Participant introductions goals and expectations

Participant Introductions, Goals and Expectations


By the end of this workshop you will be able to

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand the U-visa certification process

  • Understand law enforcement ability to work with immigrant victims

  • Understand the benefits of the certification program to law enforcement and to community safety

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What is your knowledge of the u visa

What is your knowledge of the U-visa?


Overview of the u visa

Overview of the U-visa

  • Purpose: Why does it exist?

  • Requirements: Who can receive it?

  • Application Process: How does one get it?

  • Quick Facts


Congress enacted vawa self petitioning 1994 and the u visa 2000 to

Congress enacted VAWA self-petitioning (1994) and the U-visa (2000) to:

Purpose

  • Improve community policing and community relationships

  • Increase prosecution of perpetrators of crimes against immigrant victims

  • Allow victims to report crimes without fear of deportation

  • Enhance victim safety

  • Keep communities safe

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U visa requirements

U-visa Requirements

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  • Victim of a qualifying criminal activity

  • Has been, is being, or is likely to be helpful in

    • Detection, investigation, prosecution, conviction or sentencing

  • Suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of the victimization

  • Possesses information about the crime

  • Crime occurred in the U.S. or violated U.S. law

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The u visa application process

The U-visa Application Process

Law enforcement certification

Complete and submit application with additional documentation and fees (or waiver request)

Decision from USCIS within about 9 monthsto a 1 year

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Quick u visa facts

Quick U-visa Facts

  • Only 10,000 U-visas can be granted annually

  • The U-visa grants a temporary 4 year stay

  • Only some U-visa holders will qualify for lawful permanent residency– no guarantee

  • U.S. citizenship can only be attained after legal permanent residency for 5 years + proof of good moral character


Dynamics of crime victimization experienced by immigrants and refugees

Dynamics of Crime Victimization Experienced By Immigrants and Refugees


Dynamics of crime victimization experienced by immigrants and refugees1

Dynamics of Crime Victimization Experienced By Immigrants and Refugees

By the end of this segment, you will be able to:

  • Understand the immigrant victim’s fear of deportation

  • Identify the barriers that prevent immigrant victims from cooperating with the criminal justice system

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Which country do the victims in your jurisdiction come from

Which country do the victims in your jurisdiction come from?


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Oregon – Demographics (2011)

  • Total foreign-born population – 337,613

  • 9.8% of the state’s 3,868,229 is foreign-born.

    • 38% of the foreign-born population were citizens.

  • Growing proportion of new immigrants

    • 29.5% entered in the 1990s

    • 37.5% in 2000 or after

  • 23.5% of children in the state have 1 or more immigrant parent.

  • 85.5% of children with immigrant parents in Oregon are US citizens by birth.


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  • Oregon – Immigrants Countries/Regions of Origin (2011)

    • 3.3% Africa

    • 29.4% Asia – 5.7% China, 4.9% Vietnam

    • 15% Europe

    • 46.8% Latin America – 40.3% Mexico

    • 3.8% North America

    • 1.7% Oceania


California immigrants countries regions of origin 2011

California – Immigrants Countries/Regions of Origin (2011)

  • Mexico – 41.8%

  • Southeast Asia –15.4%

  • Africa – 1.6%

  • Central America – 50.3%

  • India – 3.7%

  • China/Taiwan – 7.5%

  • Europe – 6.5%

  • Cuba – 0.3%

  • Japan – 1.0%

  • Korea – 3.3%

  • Philippines – 8.0%

  • Middle East – 2.5%

  • Canada – 1.2%


How does the u visa help law enforcement

How does the U visa help law enforcement?


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U visa Benefits to Law Enforcement

  • Encourages victims to report crimes

  • Improves investigation and prosecution of violent crimes

  • Increases potential to convict most dangerous criminals

  • Demonstrates commitment to protecting immigrant community members

  • Enhanced immigrant community involvement

  • Reduces repeat calls and recanting victims

  • Fosters community policing partnerships

  • Enhances Officer and Community Safety

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Keeping communities safe reporting crime vs deportation

Keeping Communities Safe Reporting Crime vs. Deportation

  • Concerns about immigration status result in undocumented immigrant crime victims being

    • Less likely to:

      • Report a crime

        • Provide information to police & prosecutors

        • Believe police & prosecutors want to help them

        • Testify

    • More likely to:

      • Be susceptible to perpetrator’s coercion and threats; particularly immigration related threats, coercion and abuse

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Prevalence of domestic violence in immigrant communities

Prevalence of Domestic Violence in Immigrant Communities

  • Domestic Violence in U.S. in general: 22.1% (NIJ)

  • Domestic Violence among Immigrant women: 30-50%

  • Research has found that immigrant victims

    • Stay longer with their abusers

    • Have fewer resources

    • Sustain more severe physical and emotional consequences of abuse


Prevalence of sexual assault in immigrant communities

Prevalence of Sexual Assault In Immigrant Communities

  • Immigrant women experience sexual assault at higher rates than other women, particularly during the first two years after arrival in the U.S.

  • Victimization of immigrant children also high including child sexual abuse

  • Multiple immigrant populations studied


Individual activity immigrant victim barriers

Individual Activity Immigrant Victim Barriers

Write down 3 reasons why an immigrant victim does not want to be deported back to his/her home country

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Large group discussion why do immigrant victims fear deportation to their home country

Large Group DiscussionWhy do immigrant victims feardeportation to their home country?

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Immigrant victims concerns surrounding abuse and deportation

Immigrant Victims Concerns Surrounding Abuse and Deportation

  • Danger to victim in the home country (retaliation)

  • Fear of being ostracized by home country community

  • Fear of abandoning the home

  • Fear of police/experience in home country

  • Religious Factors

  • Political instability/Gender barriers in home country

  • Fear of unknown

  • Immigration related abuse from perpetrator – fear of deportation

  • Economic survival

  • Pressures from Family/children

  • Fear of losing custody/access to children

  • Power and control over victim’s immigration status

  • Victim believes that if he gets deported she has to go with him


If an immigrant refugee victim considers reporting what are the barriers

If an immigrant/refugee victim considers reporting, what are the barriers?

Story Sharing

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Barriers to reporting

Barriers to Reporting

  • Threat of deportation

  • Took her valid documents

  • Valid documents replaced with fake documents

  • Shame

  • Perpetrator was a gang member– victim feared violence

  • No access to money

  • Made to feel powerless

  • Subject to total power and control

  • Language barriers

  • Lack of knowledge about legal rights and U.S. system


Barriers for immigrants

Barriers for Immigrants

  • Language access

  • Lack of understanding of U.S. Laws

  • Abuser’s power and control over victim’s immigration status

    • Domestic violence

    • Sexual assault in the workplace or at university

    • Refugees


Department of homeland security immigration functions

Department of Homeland Security Immigration Functions

  • United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

  • Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

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Civil vs criminal immigration violations

Civil vs. Criminal Immigration Violations

  • Civil Violations

    • Unlawful entry into the U.S.

    • Unlawful presence

    • Working without employment authorization

  • Criminal Violations

    • Illegal entry, departure, and subsequent reentry (federal)

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Law enforcement collaboration with the federal government

Law Enforcement Collaboration with the Federal Government


Local enforcement of immigration laws

Local Enforcement of Immigration Laws

  • 287(g)

  • Criminal Alien Program (CAP)

  • Secure Communities

  • Informal partnerships with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

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The 287 g program

The 287(g) Program

  • Immigration and Nationality Act § 287(g) allows law enforcement officers to perform the duties of an immigration officer

  • Partnership must be established by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Homeland Security

  • Exists in limited number of jurisdictions

  • Basis: 1996 IIRIRA (allows MOU and voluntary reporting)

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Secure communities

Secure Communities

Criminal Alien Program (CAP)

  • Allows local law enforcement to check the immigration history of an individual in custody

  • Provides some amount of financial reimbursement for subsequent custody based on immigration violations

  • Permits the FBI to share with DHS, the fingerprints they receive from state and local law enforcement

  • DHS may then asks local law enforcement to detain the immigrant for immigration purposes

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Which of these programs operate in your jurisdiction either formally or informally

Which of these programs operate in your jurisdiction either formally or informally?


Immigration detention process

Immigration Detention Process

  • Identification/entry into the enforcement system

    • Department of Homeland Security

    • Local law enforcement – await ICE processing, issuance of detainer (48 hours maximum)

  • ICE Detention Determination

    • Immigration Court

      • Court decides whether or not to release individual or detain pending removal proceedings

      • ICE prosecutors can decide whether to move forward with removal proceedings


Dhs priorities for enforcement and victim protection dhs memos guidance

DHS Priorities for Enforcement and Victim ProtectionDHS Memos – Guidance

  • DHSvictim witness memo

  • Humanitarian release

  • 384 DHS computer system (VAWA, T-visas, U-visas)

  • Memorandum on DHS detention priorities

  • DHS law enforcement Q & A on T and U visas

  • U-visa Law Certification Resource Guide


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Los Angeles ICE Field OfficeAssistant Field Office Directors: Robert Naranjo& James Pilkingtonemail: [email protected] of Responsibility:Los Angeles Metropolitan Area (Counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino), and Central Coast (Counties of Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obsipo)


Ice victim assistance specialist rohida khan 562 624 3981 rohida khan@dhs gov

ICE Victim Assistance SpecialistRohidaKhan(562)[email protected]


Recap u visa requirements

Recap: U-visa Requirements

  • Victim of a qualifying criminal activity

  • Has been, is being, or is likely to be helpful

  • Suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of the victimization

  • Possesses information about the crime

  • Crime occurred in the U.S. or violated U.S. law

    • U-visa Certification: Introduction (Toolkit p.4) , U-visa Quick Reference Guide (Toolkit p.12)

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U visa requirements criminal activity

U-visa Requirements: Criminal Activity

By the end of this segment, you will be able to:

  • Identify types of criminal activities covered under the law

  • Begin identifying victims who might qualify for U-visas

    • Statutory and Regulatory Background, Toolkit p. 46


What c rimes are you seeing around your community

What crimes are you seeing around your community ?

  • Kidnapping

  • Abduction

  • Trafficking

  • Involuntary servitude

  • Slave trade

  • Being held hostage

  • Peonage

  • False Imprisonment

  • Blackmail

  • Extortion

  • Witness tampering

  • Obstruction of justice

  • Perjury

  • Domestic violence

  • Sexual assault

  • Rape

  • Incest

  • Prostitution

  • Torture

  • Female genital mutilation

  • Felonious assault

  • Manslaughter

  • Murder


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What types of crimes are affecting the immigrant communities in your jurisdiction?


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What is a qualifying criminal activity?


These are the categories of criminal activities listed in the statute

These are the categories of criminal activities listed in the statute

Rape

Torture

Trafficking

Incest

Domestic violence

Sexual assault

Prostitution

Female genital mutilation

Involuntary servitude

Slave trade

Being held hostage

Kidnapping

Abduction

Peonage

False Imprisonment

Blackmail

  • Extortion

  • Manslaughter

  • Murder

  • Felonious assault

  • Witness tampering

  • Obstruction of justice

  • Perjury

  • Attempt, conspiracy or solicitation to commit any of these crimes

  • Any similar activity


Role play interviewing the victim

Role PlayInterviewing the Victim

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U visa certification considerations for law enforcement

U-visa Certification Considerations For Law Enforcement

  • What criminal activity occurred

  • Identify the victim or indirect victim

    • Note injuries observed, if any

  • Determine helpfulness of the victim

  • Determine if any family members were implicated in the crime


How will a u visa certification request come to you

How will a U-visa certification request come to you?

  • From victim advocate or immigration attorney

  • As a police officer you are the first responder

  • As a prosecutor you might have continued contact with the victim and might be first to identify victim’s U-visa eligibility


Review the u visa certification form

Review the U-visa Certification Form

  • Goals: Identify the criminal activity and the victim, then begin the certification process

U-visa Toolkit, p.17 or Separate Document in Right Pocket of Folder


The u visa certification nuts and bolts considerations for law enforcement

The U-visa Certification: Nuts and BoltsConsiderations for Law Enforcement

  • What criminal activity occurred?

    • Activity is a crime in the state

    • Is it or is there also a qualifying criminal activity

      • Example: Drugs vs. domestic violence

    • Similar activities

    • Provide details of the crime

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The U-visa Certification: Nuts and BoltsIdentify the Victim or Indirect Victim

  • Murder/Manslaughter/Incapacitated

    • Family members: spouses; unmarried children under 21;

    • Victims under 21: parents and unmarried siblings under age 18

  • Next friend

    • Someone who is assisting a direct victim who is incompetent, incapacitated, or under 16.

    • Must appear in a lawsuit to act for the benefit of the direct victim

  • Family members of victims

  • Bystanders victimization

    • Or show vicarious resulting from witnessing or having knowledge of the criminal activity

  • Any state laws regarding indirect victims?

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Key resources in the u visa toolkit

Key Resources in the U visa Toolkit

  • Instructions for Form I-918 (Toolkit, p.14-16)

  • I-918 Supplement B Form (Toolkit, p.17-19)

  • Redacted U-visa certification (Toolkit, p.20)

  • Sample Designation Letter (U-visa Toolkit, p.23)


Beyond the certification

Beyond the Certification

  • Brainstorm

  • In addition to the certification, what else is a victim required to prove to Homeland Security in order to receive a U-visa?

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U-visa Application Victim Flow Chart

Criminal activity

occurs.

IF: The victim has been helpful, is being helpful, or is likely to be helpful to law enforcement

OR

The victim is under 16 years of age and victim’s parent, guardian, or next friend has been helpful, is being helpful, or is likely to be helpful to law enforcement

OR

The victim is 21 years of age or older and is deceased due to the criminal activity, incapacitated, or incompetent;

the spouse and/or children under 21 of the victim have been helpful, are being helpful or are likely to be helpful to law enforcement

OR

The victim is under 21 years of age and is deceased due to the criminal activity, incapacitated, or incompetent;

the victim’s spouse, children, parents, or unmarried siblings under 18 have been helpful, are being helpful or are likely to be helpful to law enforcement

THEN

Victim (or legal representative) seeks I-918B, Law Enforcement Certification.

(if victim is not working with a service provider, law enforcement officers can refer victims at this point.)

  • Law Enforcement provides victims with:

  • 1. I-918 Law Enforcement Certification signed in blue ink and completed by

    • a. the head of the certifying agency; OR

    • b. a person in a supervisory role specifically designated by the head of the agency to sign certifications

  • 2. Any supporting documentation such as reports and findings; and

  • 3. In the case of 1b) a letter from the head of the agency designating another person to sign the certification (designee letter).

  • Victim submits U-visa application to the Victims and Trafficking Unit of USCIS showing that the victim meets each of the U-visa eligibility requirements.

  • The application includes*:

  • U visa application form – Form I-918

  • Law Enforcement Certification – Form I-918, Supplement B

  • Documents related to victim’s identification

  • Victim’s signed statement describing the facts of the victimization

  • Any information related to victim’s criminal history, including arrests

  • Any information related to victim’s immigration history, including prior deportation

  • Any information related to victims health problems, use of public benefits, participation in activities that may pose national security concerns, and moral turpitude

  • Any information related to the victim’s substantial physical or mental abuse suffered

  • Other documentation such as police reports, medical records, letters of support from service providers.

  • Eligible family members can also apply.

  • * Other administrative documentation is also required. More information is available at www.legalmomentum.org.

Within about 9 months, victim receives

decision on U-visa application. If approved,

victim receives work permit. If applications

for family members are approved and they are

abroad, consular processing begins.

  • After 3 years, U-visa holders (victims) apply for lawful permanent residence (“green card”)

  • The application includes:

  • Adjustment of Status Application- Form I-485

  • Any information related to the victim’s continuous presence in the U.S. since obtaining U-visa status

  • Any information indicating that USCIS should

  • exercise its discretion to grant lawful permanent residence

  • Any information indicating that the U-visa holder has not unreasonably refused to cooperate with an ongoing investigation or prosecution

  • Eligible family members can also apply.

Within about 1 month, victim receives receipt notice from USCIS

confirming filing

of U-visa application.

Prepared by the National Immigrant Victims Access to Justice Partnership (2010). This project was supported by Grant No. 2009-DG-BX-K018 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the SMART Office, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the United States Department of Justice.


Which u visa recipients can obtain lawful permanent residence

Which U-visa Recipients Can Obtain Lawful Permanent Residence?

Did not unreasonably refuse to cooperate in the detection, investigation or prosecution of criminal activity; AND one of the following

Humanitarian need; OR

Family unity: OR

Public Interest

DHS reviews cooperation or determines whether the victim’s non-cooperation was unreasonable

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Group exercise

Group exercise

How does the U-visa benefit law enforcement?

How does the U-visa benefit the victim?


Lunch

*Lunch*


Recap u visa requirements1

Recap: U-visa Requirements

Victim of a qualifying criminal activity

Has been, is being, or is likely to be helpful

Suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as a result of the victimization

Possesses information about the crime

Crime occurred in the U.S. or violated U.S. law

U-visa Certification: Introduction (Toolkit p.4) , U-visa Quick Reference Guide (Toolkit p.12)

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Helpfulness

Helpfulness

By the end of this segment, you will be able to:

  • Understand the scope of the helpfulness standard

  • Apply the helpfulness standard to U-visa certifications

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Hypotheticals

Hypotheticals

  • Is this person eligible for a U-visa certification?

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Hypothetical case scenario 1 lara

Hypothetical Case Scenario: 1Lara


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Lara entered the United States seven years ago with a student visa. One night after the visa had expired; she was walking home from waiting tables and was raped by a masked assailant. She never got a good look at the perpetrator. He whispered that he knew where she lived and told her he would tell her family back home the “filthy things” she had done if she told anyone. Four months later, Lara realized she was pregnant. When she began to miss late shifts at work and was disciplined by her boss, she finally shared with him what had happened to her. Her boss encouraged her to contact the police, and helped her call the police. Lara told the police everything she knew, but said she would not testify in court because she feared retaliation.


Hypothetical case scenario 2 amelia and carlos

Hypothetical Case Scenario:2 Amelia and Carlos


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Amelia and Carlos were living in poverty in their home country. Together they saved, borrowed and planned to pay a “coyote” $3,000 to bring each of them into the United States. Once they arrived in the U.S., the “coyote” demanded an additional $3,000 to release and transport them to family members living in Louisiana. After the “coyote” had held Amelia and Carlos in an abandoned house for 5 days, without food or water, their family was able to send the additional money. The coyote agreed to drive Amelia and Carlos to their family. The coyote had been drinking heavily before the drive, and just before they reached their destination, the coyote’s van crashed into oncoming traffic. Amelia was sitting in the passenger seat and died instantly. The passengers in the other car had minor injuries. Police arrived on the scene, and took both Carlos and the “coyote” into custody. Carlos told the police many details of the coyotes’ illegal business enterprises.


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Hypothetical Case Scenario:3

Joe and Alex


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Joe and Alex are day labourers. They had both arrived in the United States on tourist visas, but seeing the opportunity for steady work, they decided to remain in the United States. For the past 4 years, they have been doing a number of construction jobs in cities throughout the south west, and Joe has started a family here. One payday they were robbed by three gang members who think of immigrants like Joe and Alex as “walking ATMs” because they don’t have bank accounts and carry a lot of cash. In addition to losing their wages, the two men were beaten. After their friends encouraged them, Joe and Alex reported the incident to local police. Joe and Alex were able to describe their assailants and a few days later, the police apprehended three people who matched the descriptions. Joe and Alex refuse to press charges, however, because the robbery happened in their neighbourhood and they feared retaliation.


Large group discussion

Large Group Discussion

  • What does it take to be helpful?

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Helpfulness by the regulations

Helpfulness by the Regulations

Statute and DHS Regulations: has been helpful, is being helpful or is likely to be helpful in the

Detection, or Investigation, or

Prosecution, or Conviction or

Sentencing

There is no degree of helpfulness required

Law enforcement may complete U-visa certification once they assess victim’s helpfulness

The investigation or prosecution can still be ongoing

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Examples of helpfulness

Examples of Helpfulness

Calling 911 to report a crime

Providing a statement to the police

Filing a police report

Seeking a protection order

Providing information to prosecutors

Serving as a witness in a prior prosecution or investigation

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But what if _____, can the victim still be considered helpful?


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Helpfulness can be satisfied even if:

Victim reports a crime where there’s no further investigation

Report is of past crime, where victim did not know or feel safe to report

Perpetrator absconds or is subject to immigration removal

The perpetrator is being prosecuted for a different crime

Victim is not needed as a witness

Victim is dead (indirect victim qualifies)

Perpetrator is dead

Victim has a criminal history

Victim is subject to immigration enforcement

Victim fully discloses story after better understanding rights, the U-visa and meaningful language access

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Identifying and addressing challenging issues

Identifying and Addressing Challenging Issues

By the end of this segment, you will be better able to:

  • Identify the reasons why police and prosecutors are not always signing U-visa certifications

  • Anticipate and overcome such challenges

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Small group discussion

Small Group Discussion

  • Your Chief/Sheriff

  • Your District Attorney

  • Other Officers

  • Other Prosecutors

  • Supervisors

When you consider taking the information you are learning

today back to your agency, what concerns do you think the

following persons may have?

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Large group discussion1

Large Group Discussion

  • Report and discuss the small group responses

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What will you do regarding the U visa when you return to your agency?

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U visa certification protocols

U visa Certification Protocols 

By the end of this segment, you will be better able to:

  • Draft an effective certification protocol

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Small group discussion1

Small Group Discussion

  • City of X, Law Enforcement Certification Protocol

  • Right Hand Pocket of Trainee Folder

    • Identify any problems with the protocol

      • Note provision numbers

    • How could the protocol be improved?

    • What is missing?


Large group discussion2

Large Group Discussion

  • What should a U visa certification protocol include?

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Another sample protocol

Another Sample Protocol

  • U-visa Toolkit, p.30


Community partnerships

Community Partnerships

By the end of this segment, you will be better able to:

  • Identify community outreach tools to improve your agency’s protection of and help for undocumented immigrant victims

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Large group discussion3

Large Group Discussion

  • How could you build meaningful relationships with immigrant victims and immigrant communities using this policy?

  • How could you share information about this policy with other law enforcement colleagues?

  • How could your agency help other law enforcement agencies that do not yet have a U-visa policy or protocol?

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Discussion with advocates

Discussion with Advocates

  • What services are available to help immigrant victims?

  • Who are the agencies to whom law enforcement can refer victims they identify who may be eligible for immigration relief?


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Resources

  • Technical Assistance

    • Call 202.274.4457or Email [email protected]

  • Materials on U visa and Immigrant Victims Legal Rights

    • Visit www.iwp.legalmomentum.org

Department of Homeland Security Sources

  • Contact Scott Whelan at [email protected]

  • Contact Thomas Pearl at [email protected]

  • USCIS U visa Fact Sheet “Questions & Answers: Victims of Criminal Activity, U Nonimmigrant Status” at www.uscis.gov


Evaluations

Evaluations

Certificates


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