Building Collaboration to Help Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Congress created the U visa to help both noncitizen victims of crime and law enforcement working with this vulnerable community. Domestic violence, sexual assault and other crime victim advocates, mental health professionals and lawyers all have a role in making the U visa work. In this webinar, Gail Pendleton of ASISTA Immigration Assistance will describe how the U visa works and the role that FJC staff can play in ensuring it’s a useful tool for law enforcement and a safe route to status for noncitizens. ASISTA provides technical assistance and training for Office on Violence Against Women grantees, serves as the primary liaison with the Department of Homeland Security on U visas and helped work with Congress to create the U visa in 2000.
U-Visa Discoverability – Pendleton et al. – 2014
This webinar will start with a brief discussion by law enforcement of how it uses the U visa to work with immigrant communities and an update on the “conditional grant” period for U visas now that the 10,000 cap has been met. We will then delve into an interactive conversation among law enforcement, the judiciary and defense counsel about how to address due process concerns raised by defense in criminal proceedings while preserving survivor privilege, confidentiality and confidence in the criminal system.
Certification of U-Visa (Non-Immigrant Status) – Austin & Dallas PD
The purpose of this General Order is to establish guidelines and procedures when receiving requests for a U Visa Nonimmigrant Status certification. This legislation was intended to strengthen the ability of law enforcement agencies to detect, investigate, and prosecute cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and other crimes by creating protections for crime victims who may fear reporting those crimes to law enforcement due to their undocumented status.
I-918B Sample Completed Form
This document is a sample completed I-918B form to be used as an example or reference.
Realities for Immigrant Populations – Pendleton & Kemp – 2000
Created by Gail Pendleton and Ellen Kemp in 2000, this document discusses the realities of the legal system for immigrant populations. It addresses lack of knowledge, misinformation, fear, language and gender, culture and religion, economic issues, and more, and gives an overview of the immigration system and laws.
Sample U-Visa Certification Request – Letter
This letter, provided by Case Cornelia Law Center, is an example of the U Visa certification request an investigating, prosecuting, or judicial official would receive from a victim’s representative.
U-Visas: Immigration Relief for Victims of Certain Crime – Frequently Asked Questions
This document provides brief answers to frequently asked questions about U Visas, eligibility, included crimes, required documents for applications, deportation, confidentiality, and more.
U-Visa Updates – USCIS – 2010
Created by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration in July of 2010, this document provides brief answers to frequently asked questions about U-Visas.