October 5, 2020: “Challenges with Immigration Issues for Victims of Domestic Violence” (Webinar)

During this webinar, we will explore challenges in prosecution when it comes to immigration in domestic violence cases. Our speaker will discuss the reasons why immigration relief exists for victims of crime, and explore how offenders may be held accountable by using the United States nonimmigrant visa, “U-Visa” certification process as a crime-fighting tool. Our speaker will strategize how immigration issues can be addressed at trial to further enhance victim safety and participation in the criminal justice system.

Training Materials

Know Your Rights Information

• DHS Interactive Infographic on Protections for Immigrant Victims http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/dhs-protections1-6-links-121516

• DHS Brochure: Immigration Options for Victims of Crime http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/imm-options-victims-of-crimes

• Multilingual Materials for Victims and Advocates http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/topic/multilingual-materials-language/

• Pathways to Immigration Relief for Students http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/screening-students-for-immigraitonprotections/

• Information on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence in the United States and Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-Based Visa

http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/marriage-based-legal-rights

• Immigration Relief for Abused Children http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/uscis_sijs_brochure


Prosecutor’s Tools Enhancing Work With Immigrant Crime Victims

• What’s Immigration Status Got to Do with It? http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/pretrial-strategies-7-24-17-final-with-logos/

Prosecution Strategies for Cases Involving Undocumented Victims http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/pretrial-strategies-7-24-17-final-with-logos/

• VAWA Confidentiality and Criminal Cases: How Prosecutors Should Respond to Discovery Attempts for Protected Information http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/discovery-and-vawa-confidentiality-tool-final7-24-17/

• Certifying Early: When Should You Sign a U or T Visa Certification for a Victim? http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/certifying-early-7-24-17-final-w-logo/

• Quick Reference Guide for Prosecutors: U Visa and VAWA Confidentiality Related Case Law http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/quick-reference-guide-for-prosecutors-u-visaand-vawa-confidentiality/

• Family Court Bench Card on VAWA Confidentiality http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/family-court-bench-card-vawa-confidentiality


VAWA Confidentiality

• VAWA Confidentiality Statutes, Legislative History and Implementing Policy (2.23.17) http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/vawa-confidentiality-statutes-leg-history/

• Three Prongs of VAWA Confidentiality http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/conf-vawa-bro-3prongsofconfidentiality/


• Chapter 3 of Empowering Survivors: VAWA Confidentiality, History, Purpose, DHS Implementation, and Violations of VAWA Confidentiality Protections http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/ch3-vawa-confidentiality-history-purpose/

• Utilizing VAWA Confidentiality Protections in Family Court Proceedings** https://www.civicresearchinstitute.com/online/article.php?pid=6&iid=1270\

• VAWA Self-Petitioning Timeline with Background Checks http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/3f-vawa-timeline-3-29-19/

• Quick Reference Guide for Judges: VAWA Confidentiality & Discovery Related Case Law http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/judges-vawa-confidentiality-cases-anddiscovery/

• VAWA Confidentiality Protections, Courthouse Enforcement, and Sensitive Locations Policies at a Glance http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/vawa-protections-in-state-courts-and-cases/

• Quick reference: VAWA Confidentiality Protections – Quoting Statutes Regulations and Department of Homeland Security Policies http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/federal-law-quotes-vawa-confidentialityprotections_3-29-19/

U and T Visas

• DHS: U and T Visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/dhs-updated-u-certification-resource-guide2015

• U-Visa Toolkit for Law Enforcement Agencies and Prosecutors http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/uvisatoolkit-police-prosecutors

• International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 2018 Resolution on Education and Awareness of U and T Visa Certifications http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/iacp-support-for-education-and-awareness-onu-visa-certifications-and-t-visa-declarations/

• Model Policy for Interactions with Immigrant Victims of Crime and Human Trafficking & Signing of U Visa Certifications and T Visa Declarations http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/proposed-model-u-visa-policy/

• Discussion Paper for Model Policy for Working with Immigrant Victims of Crime and Human Trafficking & Signing of U Visa Certifications and T Visa Declarations http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/discussion-paper-model-policy-u-visacertification-may-2016/

• USCIS U Visa Certification Factsheet Q&A http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/imm-relief-victims-trafficking-and-other

• Blue Campaign: What You Can Do- Recognizing and Supporting Trafficking Victims in the Courtroom http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/bc-pamphlet-judicial-english

• U-Visa Flow Chart http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/uvisaflowchart/

• T-Visa Flow Chart http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/t-visa-application-flowchart


• U-Visa Family Member Sponsors http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/u-visa-family-member

• T-Visa Family Member Sponsors http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/t-visa-family-member

• DHS Policy Answers to Law Enforcement Reasons for Not Certifying http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/dhs-answers-to-reasons-for-not-certifying

• U Visa News Articles http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/uvisa-news-articles/

• U-Visa Checklist: “Helpfulness” http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/uvisa-helpfulness-chcklist

• Glossary of Terms http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/imm-tools-bjaglossoryofterms

• U Visa Certifications: Range of Potential Certifiers http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/u-visa-range-of-potential-fcertifiers

• U-Visa Legal Advocacy: Overview of Effective Policies and Practices http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/uvisa-collaboration-policy-brief/ • Press Release on the U Visa – Template http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/imm-qref-policedeptstraining

• U Visa Resource List http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/resource-list-with-logo

• U Visa Certification Tool Kit for Federal, State, and Local Judges, Commissioners, Magistrates, and Other Judicial Officers (2017) http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/u-visa-certification-tool-kit-federal-statelocal-judges-magistrates

• Sample Questions for Identifying a Trafficked/Enslaved Person http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/questions-for-identifying-trafficked-orenslaved-persons/

• Promoting Access to Justice for Immigrant Crime Victims and Children: Findings of a National Judicial Survey and Recommendations http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/trends-in-state-courts-survey-findings/

• 2017 New U and T Visa Application and Certification Forms (January and February 2017) http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/2017-u-cert-forms/

• U Visa Timeline with Background Checks http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/u-visa-timeline/

• Tip Sheet for Courts Developing U Visa Certification Protocols http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/wp-content/uploads/Tips-for-Courts-U-Visa-CertProtocols-Policies.pdf

• T Visa Timeline with Background Checks http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/t-visa-timeline/

Forms

• DHS: Instructions for Form I-914, Supplement B http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/i-916-supplement-b-instructions
• DHS: Form I-914, Supplement B for T visa Endorsement http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/i-914-supplement-b-instructions • DHS: Form I-918, Supplement B, for U visa Certification http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/i918-supb-certification

• DHS: Instructions for Form I-918, Supplement B, for U visa Certification http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/instructions-i1918-unonimm-status

U Visa as a Crime-fighting Tool

• Stories From the Field: The Crime Fighting Effectiveness of the U Visa (August 27, 2020) https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/u-visa-crime-fighting-stories

• The Importance of the U-visa as a Crime-Fighting Tool for Law Enforcement Officials – Views from Around the Country http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/uvisa-crime-fighting-tool

• Overcoming Fear and Building Trust With Immigrant Communities and Crime Victims (Police Chief Magazine April 2018) http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/policechief_april-2018_building-trustimmigrant-victims/

• Protecting Our Communities and Officer Safety http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/may_june_sheriff

• COPS Dispatch Article: The U visa: An important tool for Community Policing http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/uvisa-community-policing-tool/

• How Law Enforcement Is Using the U-Visa Practice Brief http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/imm-qref-uvisapracticebrief-10-11

• State U Visa Certification Laws http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/state-u-visa-certification-laws/

• U and T Visa Certifications and Certification Reporting Requirements in California: https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/ca-t-u-reporting-requirements

• Bench Card: U and T Visa Certification Reporting Requirements in California: https://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/ca-bench-card-u-t-reporting

Forms of Immigration Relief

• Bench Card: Overview of Types of Immigration Status http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/bchcrd-immstatustypes • Family Court Bench Card on Immigration Rights of Battered Spouses, Children and Immigrant Crime Victims http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/judg-tkit-bchcrdvictimsimmrights10-11-13

• Blue Card: Screening for Victims Who Qualify for Immigration Protective Relief (Squad Car Screening Tool) http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/screening-tool-victims-qualify

• Prosecutorial Discretion: Certain Victim, Witnesses and Plaintiffs http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/discretion-victims-witnesses-plaintiffs/

Screening Tools and Collaboration


• Information on the Legal Rights Available to Immigrant Victims of Domestic Violence in the US and Facts about Immigrating on a Marriage-based Visa http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/marriage-based-legal-rights

• Brochure: Continued Presence & Temporary Immigration Status for Victims of Human Trafficking http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/continued-presence-temp-imm-status

• Immigrant and LEP Victims’ Access to the Criminal Justice System http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/importance-of-collaboration-victims

• U Visa Legal Advocacy: Overview of Effective Policies and Practices http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/uvisa-collaboration-policy-brief • Building Trusting Relationships: A Guide for Advocates/Attorneys Working with Law Enforcement (LE) on U-Visa Certification Issues (Flow Chart) http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/advocate-law-enforcement-guide

• Comparison Chart of U visa, T Visa, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Self Petition, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/chart-vawa-t-u-sijs-daca/

Language Access

• Code of Conduct for Court Interpreters- Washington State Interpreters Program http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/lang-lawpol-interpconductcode1986/

• Questions to Use for Crime Scene Identification of LEP http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/crime-scene-identification-of-lep-persons

• Dos and Don’ts to Help Identify LEP Persons http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/dos-and-donts-to-identify-lep-persons

• Language Identification Card – DeKalb County Magistrate Court’s Compliance Project, Caminar Latino, Men Stopping Violence, Raksha, Inc, Tapestri, Inc, and Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/language-id-card-19010116-raksha-pdf/

• Laws Governing Law Enforcement Agency Provision of Language Assistance to LEP Persons http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/laws-governing-langauge-access

• Important Tips to Remember When Using an Interpreter http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/interpretation-tips

• NAJIT Code of Ethics and Professional Responsibilities http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/najitcodeofethicsfinal

• U.S. Department of Justice Sample Limited English Proficiency Guidelines from Office of Justice Programs “Center City Police Department” http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/sample-limited-english-proficiencyguidelines-from-the-office-of-justice-programs

• Steps for Obtaining Interpreters http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/step-for-obtaining-interpreters

• Tips for Working Effectively with Telephone Interpreters http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/imm-qref-workingwithtelephoneinterp


• Are you Compliant with Title VI Self-Assessment Tool http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/self-assessment-tool-title-vi • Why Using an Interpreter is Beneficial to Law Enforcement http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/law-enforcement-benefits-of-qualifiedinterpreters

• DOJ Letter to State Chief Justices and State Court Administrators on Access for Limited English Proficient Persons to State Court Proceedings http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/lang-access-doj-courts-letter

• Judicial Bench Card for Court Interpretation http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/ncsc-bench-card-language-access

• Serving Limited English Proficient Immigrant Victims** https://www.civicresearchinstitute.com/online/article.php?pid=6&iid=12699

VAWA Self-Petition

• VAWA Self-Petitioning Flow Chart for Child Applicants http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/vawa-flow-chart-child/

• Flowchart: VAWA Self-Petitioning Eligibility for Elder Abuse Survivors http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/vawa-self-petitioner-elder-abuse-flow-chart-617-19-pdf/

• Flowchart: VAWA Self-Petitioning Eligibility for Adults http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/vawa-self-petitioner-flow-chart-for-adults-617-19-pdf/

• Battering or Extreme Cruelty: Drawing Examples from Civil Protection Order and Family Law Cases http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/extreme-cruelty-examples-protection-order-2/

• VAWA Self-Petitioning Introduction and Flow Charts http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/vawa-self-petitioning-intro-and-flow-chartspdf/

Public Benefits

• State by State Demographics http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/demographics/

• State by State Public Benefits Charts http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/all-state-public-benefits-charts/

• Interactive State Benefits Map http://map.niwap.org/

• Guide to the Public Benefits Map http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/guide-to-public-benefits-map/

• Privacy Protections for Immigrants Applying for Public Benefits http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/privacy-protections-reporting-and-publicbenefits/

• Anti-Discrimination Provisions That Apply to Programs Receiving Federal Funding Services Victims of Violence Against Women Crimes http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/pb-tool-antidiscrimlaws/


• Programs Open to Immigrant Victims and All Immigrants Without Regard to Immigration Status http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/pubs/programs-open-to-all-immigrants/

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