State Restrictions on Immigrant Access to VOCA Compensation [pdf]

This policy memo seeks additional regulations and policies from the U.S. Department of Justice that would prevent states from cutting off immigrant crime victims from Victims of Crime Act Funded Victims Compensation. The memo covers legal research and Office of Victims of Crime policies confirming that VOCA Compensation is not a federal public benefit and immigrant restrictions do not apply. It also discusses that approach the two states restricting immigrant access to victims’ compensation have taken and reports survey data on the impact that these restrictions have on crime victims in those states.