Best Practices: Immigrant Crime Victims, Language Access and the U Visa

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“Best Practices: Immigrant Crime Victims, Language Access and the U Visa”

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
8:00am – 4:00pm

Location: Miami Police College, Miami, FL

Join us for a free training on the use of the U visa and crime scene language access best practices to improve law enforcement’s and prosecutors’ work with immigrant and limited English proficient (LEP) victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

Workshop Description

The U Visa was created as a crime fighting tool that removes the fear of deportation and encourages immigrant crime victims to report crime victimization to police and participate in criminal investigations and prosecutions. Provision of language access to police assistance at crime scenes results in improved accuracy of police reports, better crime scene investigations and more successful prosecutions. This training will discuss how providing qualified interpreters at crime scenes and U visa certification play crucial roles in improving community, victim and law enforcement officer safety. Attendees will build their skills for effective use of the U visa and provision of language access when working with immigrant and Limited English Proficient victims and witnesses and to improve community policing in immigrant communities.

This training is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), and will review the use of innovative approaches that assist law enforcement and prosecutors in using the U visa and language access as vital crime fighting tools to hold perpetrators accountable for violent crimes.

This project is a collaboration between the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project (NIWAP), whose work promotes the development, implementation, and use of laws, policies, and practices that benefit immigrant women and children; the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA), which has been providing law enforcement training and technical assistance for over 70 years, in fulfillment of their mission to support and enhance the professionalism of those whose job it is to serve and protect; AEquitas, the Prosecutors’ Resource on Violence Against Women, whose mission is to improve the quality of justice in sexual violence, intimate partner violence, stalking, and human trafficking cases by developing, evaluating, and refining prosecution practices that increase victim safety and offender accountability; and VIDA Legal Assistance Inc., a local organization dedicated to providing quality representation and advocacy for economically disadvantaged immigrant survivors.

The training faculty includes the following:

  • Officer Michael LaRiviere, Salem Police Department
  • Sgt. Inspector Antonio Flores, San Francisco Police Department
  • Leslye Orloff, Director, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, American University Washington College of Law
  • Rocio Molina, Assistant Director, National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project, American University Washington College of Law

The faculty consists of experts on violence against immigrant victims of crime who train nationally on the U visa and language access as tools to assist law enforcement in the detection and investigation of crimes committed against immigrant victims in their communities, including crimes such as domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. All attendees will receive training materials on best practices for language access at crime scene investigations, a U visa tool kit, and other valuable screening tools and materials.

Target Audience: The training is open to U visa certifiers, including law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim-witness specialists, and court personnel.

Questions? Please contact contact Rocio Molina at 240-480-6378 or at

This project was supported by Grant No. 2014-TA-AX-K030 awarded by the Office of Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women.

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