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DHS Releases New Training Materials for Law Enforcement

For Immediate Release
August 25, 2013

On August 15, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released newresources to protect immigrant victims of human trafficking, domesticviolence, sexual assault, and other serious crimes. The new tools weredeveloped by DHS’s Blue Campaignin collaboration with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center andthe National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project at American University,Washington College of Law. These tools are part of DHS’s efforts toprotect immigrant crime victims and provide immigration relief throughU visas for victims of criminal activity and T visas for victims of human trafficking.   

Two new roll callvideos provide state and local law enforcement with trainingresources from DHS experts to help them identify immigrants who may bevictims of underreported crimes such as human trafficking. The videosalso promote the benefits of U visas and T visas for immigrants who mayfear coming forward to report crimes due to their immigrationstatus.  In addition to the training videos, the Blue Campaignreleased a new PSA on combatting human trafficking, raising awareness of itsefforts to identify and assist victims of trafficking in the UnitedStates.  

By helping immigrant crime victims come forward, receive neededrelief, and apply for U and T visas already available under currentimmigration law that are designed to protect them, DHS continues tosupport the administration’s long-term efforts to bring these victimsout of the shadows and increase public safety for all. 

Andrea Flores, Policy Assistant for Immigration and RuralAffairs