August 2018: Train the Trainer “Law Enforcement and Prosecution Best Practices: Immigrant Crime Victims, Language Access and the U and T Visa”

Law Enforcement and Prosecution Best Practices:

Immigrant Crime Victims, Language Access and the U and T Visa Trainees Train the Trainers

August 6-8, 2018



Seeking Law Enforcement Officers and Prosecutors to Serve as Faculty

The National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) (pronounced new-app) is seeking law enforcement and prosecutors with experience working with immigrant victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault to build up our team of national faculty for our Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) funded project and other national training opportunities on U and T Visa Certification, language access, and community collaboration. The OVW project provides in-person training and on-site technical assistance, webinars, and roundtables for law enforcement and prosecutors.

The Training and Technical Assistance Faculty Will Offer:

The training is designed to enhance law enforcement’s and prosecutors’ roles in protecting and serving their communities and domestic violence and/or sexual assault victims through improved language access and understanding the U visa and T visa certification process. The training faculty are a national team of law enforcement and prosecutor instructors and subject matter experts.

Goals of the Training That Faculty Will be Trained on Delivering

The goals of this training for state and local law enforcement and prosecution agency staff will be to improve attendees understanding of how:

  • Investigations can be improved by using language access tools
  • Agencies can effectively understand the U visa and T visa process and how the U visa and T visa can be used as a crime fighting tool.
  • The safety of law enforcement officers, victims, and the community can be strengthened building collaboration to increase the likelihood of battered immigrants to report and provide helpfulness in the criminal investigation and prosecution of the crime.

Project Partners

This project is a collaboration between NIWAP, the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA), AEquitas, the Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women; and Asian Pacific Institute on Gender Based Violence and law enforcement and prosecution experts from various jurisdictions.

Introduction to NIWAP

The NIWAP is a national training and technical assistance organization based at American University Washington College of Law promoting best practices for serving immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence. NIWAP provides free access to technical assistance, resources, and training for police, sheriffs, attorneys, judges, prosecutors, advocates, and other professionals working at the federal, state and local levels. Topics include: immigration law (VAWA, T and U visas), language access, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) confidentiality protections, family law, public benefits law, housing, health care, and legal services. Our resources and materials for law enforcement and prosecutors can be found on our web library at

About the Train the Trainers Event for New Law Enforcement and Prosecution Faculty

When: August 6-8, 2018

Where: Georgia north of Atlanta (Exact location details to follow)

Who Must Attend:  Law enforcement officers and prosecutors who are selected to become part of NIWAP’s national team of law enforcement and prosecutor faculty.

Agenda Overview:

Law enforcement officers and prosecutors who are selected as NIWAP’s future faculty will be required to attend an in-person training event August 6-8 in Morrow, Georgia.  The following provides an overview of what will be covered during this 2 ½ day train the trainer event:

  • Day One (8:00am to 4:30pm)– Trainees will observe the training and co-train some segments with the lead presenters, who are Georgia law enforcement and prosecution agency staff. Agenda for is available here.
  • Day Two (9:00 am – 5:30 pm) and Day Three (8:30 am – 1:00 pm) Trainees will be trained on the standard curriculum used for the TA project to train law enforcement and prosecutors. Trainees will obtain in-depth information on language access, the U and T visa programs, and U and T visa certification. Using the OVW approved I-LED method for training faculty, participants will learn the various ways adults learn and how to develop and implement a training curriculum that will be effective in training adults, specifically for law enforcement and prosecutorsParticipants will be asked to draw upon challenging behaviors and difficult issues presented in the training. Trainees will also learn about the Department of Homeland Security tools and policies for U and T visa certifiers and provide the trainees an opportunity to practice delivering the curriculum and receive feedback on their training skills. Agenda is available here.

Law Enforcement and Prosecutor Faculty Commitment:

It is expected that chosen faculty members will be available to meet for 1-2 hours a month to provide technical assistance to OVW grantees and to attend faculty meetings. Additionally, NIWAP’s national faculty of law enforcement and prosecutors are available to serve as faculty for in-person trainings, in-person site visits, virtual roundtables, and webinars, as well as provide peer-to-peer technical assistance to other law enforcement officers and prosecutors on best practices for working with immigrant victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Selected trainers should be available to travel with our team and deliver the training between 2 and 3 times a year in different locations across the country. As consultants with NIWAP, trainers will be compensated for their time and travel costs.

The Application Process

To apply click here.

  • Deadline to apply is June 15, 2018.
  • NIWAP will select up to 12 applicants.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
  • NIWAP’s team will contact all applicants to discuss their interest in serving as faculty and their experience delivering training to peers and in working with victims of domestic and sexual violence, including immigrant victims.
  • All applicants will be notified regarding their acceptance as part of this train the trainer event by July 6, 2018.
  • NIWAP staff will provide applicants an opportunity to bring this training to their communities, to participate in NIWAP’s law enforcement and prosecution only virtual roundtables, and to participate and possibly present webinars.

If you have additional questions please contact Rocio Molina, Associate Director at NIWAP at 240-480-6378 or

If you would like to share this opportunity with other law enforcement police officers and prosecutors, click here for the flyer.

This training is supported by Grant No. 2017-TA-AX-K063 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/ program/ exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


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