REPORT: Police Response to Immigrant Crime Victims, U Visa Certification and Language Access

This National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP) report explores police responses to immigrant victims of crime from the perspectives of various service providers, including legal services, pro bono attorneys, social service organizations, domestic violence/sexual assault programs, law enforcement and prosecutors’ offices. It is based on the results of a nationwide survey of organizations serving immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. The paper also examines the experiences of working with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) clients and language access in the field and during legal procedures. A key focus of this paper is to identify factors that support improved access to culturally and linguistically appropriate resources and services, including the identification of systemic barriers that impede access.

The Report (PDF file)