International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Resolution on Education and Awareness of U and T Visa Certifications (November 2018)

In November of 2018 the  International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) adopted a Resolution supporting increased education, training, communication and increased law enforcement leadership involvement in the provision of U visa certifications and T visa declarations in cases of immigrant crime victims.  The Resolution confirms that U visa certification and T visa declaration programs are “effective tools for law enforcement agencies that enhance public safety, officer safety and protection of victims nationwide.”   This resolution was sponsored by IACP’s Victim Services Committee and was Co-Sponsored by the Police Investigative Operations Committee and the Forensic Science Committee.  The U Visa and T Visa Certification Resolution can be found in the IACP Resolutions published November of 2018 as Resolution number VSC.18.t2018. 

Full document of  all of the resolutions adopted by the IACP in November 2018 with the (Updated Nov. 2018)  International Association of Chiefs of Police 2018 Resolutions (Nov 2018)

  • Resolution VSC.18.t2018 can be found on pages 30-31.

A model law enforcement agency policy on U visa and T visa certification was developed by 9 law enforcement agencies in collaboration with NIWAP and with expert input from U.S. Department of Homeland Security staff.  The following model policy and discussion paper in support of the model policy were developed with support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Office on Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides expert advice and with excellent questions and answers regarding U and T visa certification statutes, regulations, policies, procedures and best practices in this 2015 guide.

Important Training and Educational Resources for Law Enforcement Agencies on the U and T Visa Certification Programs

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