*SJI-Training Manual for Courts Table of Contents


This folder contains bench cards, charts, and other tools to assist courts and judges in cases involving immigrant parties, victims and witnesses.

Training manual for judges, magistrates, commissioners, and court personnel on the legal rights of immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse and human trafficking. These materials also address issues that arise in state court cases involving immigrant children and immigrant parents. Included in these training materials are the U visa certification toolkit for courts.

The development of this section of the web library was developed under grant numbers SJI-12-E-169 and SJI-13-E-199 from the State Justice Institute. The points of view expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the State Justice Institute.

Training, Technical Assistance and Toolkits for Courts

*State Courts and the Protection of Immigrant Crime Victims and Children

*U Visa Certification Tool Kit for Federal, State, and Local Judges, and Magistrates

Brochure: Are You Safe at Home

Free Technical Assistance

Judicial Training for Judges and Court Staff

Proposal for Judicial Training

SJI Judicial Training Faculty Biographies

Securing Attendance of Immigrants in Detention at State Court Proceedings

How to Get a Detained Person to Court for Family Court Cases Involving Children and/or Criminal Proceedings

Facilitating Parental Interests in the Course of Civil Immigration Enforcement Activities

INS Detention Standard for Non-Medical Emergency Escorted Trips (2000)

Escorting Detained Parents and Other Immigrants to Court (2010)

Family Law

Bench Card: Immigrants and Protection Orders

Immigration Status: Work Authorization, Public Benefits, and Ability to Sponsor Children

Family Court Bench Card on Issues that Arise in Custody Cases Involving Immigrant Parents, Children, and Crime Victims

Common Immigration Issues that Arise in Custody Cases Involving Immigrant Crime Victims and Their Children

Justice for All: How Attorneys Can Successfully Win Custody Cases for Immigrant Survivors When There Is a Clash of Laws, Cultures, Custody, and Parental Rights

Custody of Children in Mixed-Status Families: Preventing the Misunderstanding and Misuse of Immigration Status in State-Court Custody Proceedings

Battering and Extreme Cruelty: Drawing Examples from Civil Protection Order and Family Law Cases

Family and Criminal Court Scenarios in Which Courts Will Encounter Immigrants Who Are Eligible for Immigration Protections

The Central Role of Victim Advocacy for Victim Safety While Victims’ Immigration Cases Are Pending

Protection Orders and Battered Immigrants: The Impact of Attorneys and Advocates

Creative Protection Order Remedies for Protecting Battered Immigrants

Immigration Law

Family Court Bench Card on Immigration Rights of Battered Spouses, Children, and Immigrant Crime Victims

Family Court Bench Card on Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Confidentiality

Collection of U-Visa News Articles

Overview of Immigration Consequences of State Court Criminal Convictions

DHS Enforcement Priorities: Policies and Memoranda Information for State Court Judges

Glossary of Key Immigration Terms Relevant to State Court Judges

Bench Card: Overview of Types of Immigration Status

Good Moral Character

Comparing Forms of Immigration Relief for Immigrant Victims of Crime

Blue Campaign: Judicial-What Can You Do? Recognizing and Supporting Victims in the Courtroom (2015)

Expert Advice for Judges: How to Handle U Visa Certification Requests (Webinar)

Identifying a Trafficked/Enslaved Person

Immigrant Crime Victims and U Visa Certification – What is it and Why Should Judges Care?  (Minnesota) 

Law Enforcement Use of the U-visa: Podcast (7.18.11)

National Survey on Types of Criminal Activities: Experienced By U-Visa Recipients

The Importance of the U-visa as a Crime-Fighting Tool for Law Enforcement Officials

U Visa Helpfulness Case Scenarios

Immigrant Crime Victims & U-Visa Certification: What it is and Why Should Judges Care? Ten Facts That Every Judge (and Attorney/Officer) Should Know 

U Visa: “Helpfulness” Checklist

Comparison Charts

Comparison Chart of U Visa, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Comparison Chart of U and T Visas

Comparison Chart of VAWA and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

Comparison Chart of VAWA and U visa Immigration Relief

Comparison Chart of Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self-Petitioning, U visa, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS)

Immigrant Children – SIJS and DACA 

Immigration Protection Screening Checklist: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

State Proceedings in Which Courts Can Enter Findings and Orders Needed by Children Filing for Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Protection

Pathways to Immigration Relief for Students

Special Immigrant Juveniles- Memorandum #2: Clarification of Interim Field Guidance

Grounds of Inadmissibility for Special Immigrant Juveniles

Opportunities to Make SIJS Findings in State Court Cases

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Information for Child Welfare Workers

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Information for Juvenile Courts

State Court Findings for Abused Youth Seeking Special Immigrant Juvenile Status

Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008: Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Provisions

Immigration Relief for Abused Children

Economic Remedies, Services and Public Benefits For Crime Victims and Children

Quick Guide for State Court Judges on Common Issues that Arise from Parties’ Immigration Status: Economic Remedies

Family Court Bench Card on Immigrant Crime Victim Access to Public Benefits and Services

Programs Open to Immigrant Victims and All Immigrants Without Regard to Immigration Status

Benchcard: Trafficking Victim Benefits Eligibility Process

Trafficking Victim Benefits Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Access to Publicly Funded Legal Services for Battered Immigrants

Eligibility Under the Affordable Care Act for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Trafficking, and Other Serious Crimes

Public Benefits Flow Charts: VAWA Self‐Petition and Cancellation, U-Visas, T-Visas, and SIJS

Flowchart of Access to Federal and State Public Benefits for Victims of Human Trafficking

VAWA Public Benefits Eligibility Process

VAWA Confidentiality

Court Rulings Confirm Federal VAWA Confidentiality Protections Bar Discovery of VAWA Confidentiality Protected Information in State Family Court Proceedings

All DHS Directive on Implementation of Section 1367 Information Provisions

Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Complaint Form

(Webinar) VAWA Confidentiality: Understanding the Three Safeguards and Limited Discovery Exceptions when Advocating for Survivors in Family and Criminal State Courts

DHS Broadcast Message on New 384 Class of Admission Code

Confidentiality Under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Brochure

DHS Training Materials on U Visa Certification, Crime Victims Policies and Training Videos

“Crash” – DHS Blue Campaign Trafficking PSA (June 14, 2013)

Department of Homeland Security Policy Answers to Law Enforcement Reasons for Not Certifying

Executive Summary: Blue Campaign Stakeholder Meeting with Senior Counselor Alice Hill

Form I-918 Supplement A: Petition for Qualifying Family Member of U-1 Recipient

Form I-918 Supplement B: U Nonimmigrant Status Certification

Form I-918: Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status

Immigration Options for Victims of Crimes

Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Crimes

Instructions for Form I-918 Petition for U Nonimmigrant Status

Instructions for Form I-918 Supplement B, U Nonimmigrant Status Certification

Prosecutorial Discretion: Certain Victims, Witnesses, and Plaintiffs

Q and A: Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Crimes

Roll Call Videos for Law Enforcement on U Visa Certification and T Visa Endorsement

Language Access

DOJ Letter to State Courts on Language Access

Bench Card: Court Interpretation in Protection Order Hearings

Laws Governing Law Enforcement Agency Provision of Language Assistance to Limited English Proficient Persons

Tips For Working Effectively With Telephonic Interpreters

Trainings and Webinars

State Courts and the Protection of Immigrant Crime Victims and Children


Immigrant Crime Victims Legal Bibliography (2013)

Immigrant Crime Victims Social Science Bibliography (2013)

Addressing Immigration in State Courts