Model - Department of Homeland Security

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The Department of Homeland Security is made up of different branches which have conflicting priorities. When these entities’ policies do not coincide, victims’ cases are profoundly affected. In order to avoid devastating outcomes for victims, training of field officers (US Customs & Border Patrol and US Immigration & Customs Enforcement) is essential.

The role of the Department of Homeland Security in the protocol:

US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) 

  • Reviewing applications/cases 
  • Approving U Visa and VAWA Self-Petitions 
  •  Granting work authorization

US Customs & Border Patrol, and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement

  • Screening and referral for eligibility for VAWA self-petition or U-Visa and other immigration relief 
  •  Referral of victims of crime to law enforcement agency 
  •  Education and public awareness

Threat of deportation is a powerful weapon for the abuser

“I put up with it because he threatened the well-being of my family. He was always threatening to call immigration. He would put me in the car and drive to the Border Patrol.”

Resources: Department of Homeland Security

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