Workshop in Albuquerque, New Mexico: March 7, 2017
A team of law enforcement and victim advocate faculty provided participants with information about immigration relief and protections from deportation created by Congress and DHS to identify, protect, and assist immigrant crime victims. The training educated law enforcement, prosecutors, and other victim service providers about their roles in providing services to immigrant crime victims, including best practices for language access and T and U visa certification for immigrant crime victims. The language access curriculum was originally developed in collaboration with the Albuquerque Police Department and the Albuquerque Mayor’s Sexual and Domestic Violence Taskforce and is based on the US Department of Justice model guidance on language access at crime scenes. The workshop included DHS produced law enforcement training videos and materials on Violence Against Women Act, and T and U visa immigration relief. Through interactive exercises and sharing experiences, we sought to link the use of the U & T visas as crime fighting tools and the benefits of building successful collaborations between law enforcement and programs serving immigrant crime victims. The workshop also highlighted the role the immigrant crime visas can play in enhancing law enforcement detective, immigrant crime victims and community safety.