April-May 2021: Louisiana District Attorneys Association 3-Part Webinar Series

UPCOMING: Webinar 2 (May 13, 2021): Legal Rights of Immigrant Survivors: Public Benefits, Housing, & Victim Services

Webinar 1 (April 22, 2021): “The U Visa: A Tool to Support Victims, Communities, and Increase Participation in the Criminal Justice System”

Description: Immigrant victims of crime are often reluctant to call police for help. Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault are further challenged to participate in investigations and prosecutions where they experience immigration-related abuse and threats of deportation. This webinar will explain the intention behind the creation of the U Visa and detail the requirements of any application for immigration relief through the U Visa program. Presenters will provide strategies to improving victim participation by enhancing safety and security while minimizing barriers, fears, and misconceptions. The webinar will provide participants with access to toolkits, tools, and resources on the U Visa as well as other forms of immigration relief available to crime victims, as well as to the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project web library, online webinars, and technical assistance. The training materials for this presentation are below: 

Overview of Immigration Relief for Immigrant Crime Victims
Resources on U and T Visas Certification and Policy 
DHS Roll-Call Training Videos 
Webinars on U Visa
Screening Tools and Brochures for Immigrant Crime Victims 
Prosecutor’s Tools Enhancing Work with Immigrant Crime Victims
Publications Featuring U-Visa as a Crime-Fighting Tool 
List of State Specific U and T Visa Certification Laws
VAWA Self-Petition: Immigration Relief for Battered Spouses, Children, and Parents of U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents
Collaborations with Community Partners 
Resources for Improving Language Access and Compliance with Title VI 

Webinar 2 (May 13, 2021): Legal Rights of Immigrant Survivors: Public Benefits, Housing, & Victim Services

  • PowerPoint Presentation 

This webinar will discuss the range of publicly funded victim and social services programs, legal assistance, and the wide range of services and assistance that are legally available to all victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and sexual assault, regardless of immigration status. As immigrant and Limited English Proficient (LEP) victims begin the process of applying for crime victim based immigration relief, their access to federal and state public benefits grows. The scope of public benefits an immigrant survivor or her children are eligible to receive vary based on the form of immigration relief the survivor is pursuing, the type of benefit they need, and the state in which the survivor resides. This webinar will discuss how having legally correct information about benefits and services immigrant survivors helps law enforcement and prosecutors in their work, as well as the benefits to investigations and prosecutions when victims are able to access the help they need. The presenters will lead interactive activities to build skills to identify the benefits for which immigrant victims qualify and teach best practices for accompanying immigrant survivors applying for benefits. This webinar will also discuss the range of publicly funded victim and social services programs, legal assistance, and the wide array of services and assistance that are legally available to all victims of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault without regard to immigration status, including legal services and assistance from police and prosecutors.

Webinar 3 (May 27, 2021): “Legal Protections for Immigrant Children and Their Families”

  • PowerPoint Presentation

This webinar will provide an overview of the protections available under federal immigration laws, federal and state public benefits law and state family laws for immigrant children who are abandoned or become victims of child abuse, child neglect, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, or human trafficking. We will discuss how prosecutors, victim advocates, and child welfare staff can assist in identifying immigrant child victims of child abuse or neglect, and the critical role attorneys and advocates in providing or helping children obtain evidence that is a prerequisite for filing for immigration relief through U or T visa certification or Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) predicate state court orders. In understanding how eligibility for immigration relief impacts cases victim advocates can help immigrant children access the public benefits safety net services they are legally eligible to receive. This webinar will provide participants will resources, tools, and links to helpful Department of Homeland Security brochures translated in various languages.

Call or Email NIWAP for Technical Assistance:
If you are a law enforcement officer, prosecutor, or a system-based victim advocate or other staff working for a law enforcement or prosecution agency wanting to improve your response to immigrant victims and you would like to receive case specific technical assistance on language access requirements and immigration protections for crime victims/survivors of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and human trafficking and their children, please call NIWAP for technical assistance (202) 274-4457 or email us at info@niwap.org.

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