Lebanon, NH – Law Enforcement Best Practices: Responding to, Investigating and Prosecuting Cases of Noncitizen Victims of Domestic and Sexual – September 27, 2022

In partnership with Welcoming All Nationalities Network (WANN) of the Upper Valley, a program of WISE, and Lebanon Police Department

Immigrant victims of crime are often reluctant to call police for help. When
their victimization is in the form of domestic and sexual violence the barriers
to reporting are compounded as they often face immigration-related abuse
and threats of deportation.

This training will enhance the attendees’ understanding of how
investigations can be strengthened by using language access tools and
immigration relief under the Violence Against Women Act. Utilization of
these crime-fighting tools will increase successful prosecution that holds
offenders accountable and keeps victims safe.

Subject matter experts will provide strategies that enhance law
enforcement safety and investigations while simultaneously minimizing
barriers, fears, and misconceptions of immigrant victims.
This training will equip participants with U Visa Program toolkits and
resources, the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project web library,
including online webinars and technical assistance, along with information
on other forms of immigration relief available to crime victims.

Powerpoint Presentation

Powerpoint Slides


Recording of this training.

Training Materials

Training Materials for Law Enforcement and Prosecutors[1]

If you are a law enforcement officer, prosecutor, or a victim advocate or other staff working for a law enforcement or prosecution agency and are working with immigrant victims and you would like to receive case specific technical assistance on immigration protections for immigrant survivors of domestic and sexual violence victims and their children, please call NIWAP for technical assistance.  (202) 274-4457 or email us at info@niwap.org

More tools for law enforcement and prosecution agencies are available in NIWAP’s web library.

Law Enforcement and Prosecutor Round Tables:

NIWAP offers Virtual Roundtables or peer-to-peer learning opportunities exclusively for officials and staff working for law enforcement and prosecution agencies. Click here to sign up.

NIWAP’s roundtables are led by law enforcement and prosecutor faculty, offer an opportunity for peer to peer learning, can be joined on-line of by conference call, and provide ongoing training and technical assistance to officers and staff at law enforcement and prosecution agencies.  When you sign up you choose the list exclusively open to staff working at law enforcement and prosecution agencies.  You can also elect to sign up for NIWAP’s general outreach list to receive notices of trainings, webinars, new materials, resources and policies.

Community of Practice for Victim Advocates: Systems based victim advocates and other victim advocates working for law enforcement and prosecution agencies are encouraged to join NIWAP’s Victim Advocate Community of Practice which provides ongoing peer-to-peer learning opportunities to support victim advocates in their work with immigrant survivors.  Sign up here.  

Law Enforcement, Prosecutor and Systems-Based Victim Advocate Podcast Series

For law enforcement and prosecutors on best practices and special issues that arise in working with immigrant victims. Includes discussions with law enforcement and prosecutor experts on the U Visa and the T Visa.

NIWAP’s Technical Assistance for Law Enforcement, Prosecutors, and Systems-Based Victim Advocates

Forms of Immigration Relief

Glossary of Terms for Work with Immigrant Survivors

Department of Homeland Security Policies: Important to Work with Immigrant Victims

U and T Visas



Know Your Rights Information

U Visa as a Crime-Fighting Tool

Screening Tools and Collaboration

State U and T Visa Certification Laws

VAWA Self-Petition

Language Access

VAWA Confidentiality

Public Benefits for Systems-Based and Other Victim Advocates

Prosecutor’s Tools Enhancing Work with Immigrant Crime Victims

**If you have difficulty accessing this publication please contact for assistance NIWAP at (202) 274-4457 or info@niwap.org

[1] This materials list includes publications issued by government agencies and materials produced by NIWAP in collaboration with national experts.  Each of the materials included in this list developed with support from government funders contains government agency disclaimers.