Model - Justice System

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The justice system is a central component in effective coordinated response and in collaboration with victim services and legal services are crucial.

The Role of the Justice System in the Protocol

Law enforcement: 

  • Informing victims of the purpose of VAWA self-petitions and U Visas
  • Screening and referral of victims to legal services, including VAWA and U-Visa, victim services, social services 
  • Respond to Border Patrol for detainees identified as victims of crime
  • See training resources below

Prosecutor's Office:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Screening and referral  
  • U-Visa Certification
  • Victim compensation


  • Certifying U-Visas
  • Encouraging law enforcement in following steps to certify U Visa applications
  • Referral to victim and legal services
  • Issuing restraining orders and orders of protection

Immigration Courts:

  • Recognize when victim has eligibility for VAWA and U-Visa and recommend they ask for hearing rather than voluntary removal

Law Enforcement Training Resources


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