Lack of legal immigration status in the United States may be among the reasons for some victims choosing not to come forward to work with law enforcement. Perpetrators and human traffickers also use victims’ lack of legal status as leverage to exploit and control them. By stabilizing their status in the United States, immigration relief (through the use of T or U visas) can be critical to providing victims of crime a greater sense of security that also makes it easier for them to assist with law enforcement and prosecutorial efforts.
Individuals seeking information related to obtaining a U visa or a T visa are encouraged to review the “U and T visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide” issued by the Federal Office of Homeland Security.
The electronic link for this is:
U and T visa Law Enforcement Resource Guide [PDF]
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