[Lyons, NY] Best Practices: Immigrant Crime Victims, Language Access and the U Visa

Sponsored by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, Finger Lakes Law Enforcement Academy and New York State Attorney General’s Office.

Location: Wayne County Sheriff’s Office Public Safety Building
7376 Route 31, Lyons, New York 14489
Date: May 20th, 2015
Time: 8:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

The training and lunch will be provided at no cost.

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 and T 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 and T 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 MA Police Department
  • Detective Shelli Sonnenberg Wardle, Boise ID Police Department
  • Attorney Edna Yang, American Gateways, Austin, Texas

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.

For more information: contact Rocío Molina at (240)480-6378 or molina@wcl.american.edu.

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This project is 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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