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NCJ Number: 251837 Find in a Library
Title: General Tips for T Visas for Victims of Severe Form of Trafficking in Persons
Date Published: April 2018
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2015-VT-BX-K029
Sale Source: Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Instructional Material; Legislation/Policy Analysis; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Intended for practitioners who have experience with humanitarian immigration visas, this practice advisory presents general information on the U.S. federal definition of human trafficking and T Visa eligibility.
Abstract: Trafficking survivors often become involved in multiple legal systems, including criminal justice, civil, family law, and immigration. It is important to be informed on how the immigration application might impact other future cases, particularly regarding a client’s credibility in all these systems. Legal counsel should be aware of what is being included in the immigration applications, which may be subpoenaed and obtained by opposing counsel to impeach the client and attack her/his credibility. T Visas require a nuanced legal analysis of the crime itself. In T Visa cases, a law enforcement certification verifying that the applicant is a trafficking victim is not required, so it is important to write a clear and effective cover letter and declaration that proves the client is a victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons and is T Visa eligible. Other major sections of this practice advisory address the federal definition of human trafficking, T Visa eligibility, cover-letter best practices, request for additional evidence cover letter compared to initial cover letters, avoiding credibility issues, and common mistakes.
Main Term(s): Victims rights
Index Term(s): Federal legislation; Immigrants/Aliens; OVC grant-related documents; OVC Resources; Trafficking in Persons
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