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Building Collaborations to Help Immigrant Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

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This presentation discusses updates on the visa process and means to collaborate to assist victims who apply. Congress created the visa to help both noncitizen victims of crime and law enforcement working with this vulnerable community. Domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crime victim advocates, mental health professionals and lawyers all have a role in making the visa work. In this presentation, Gail Pendleton of ASISTA Immigration Assistance describes how the visa works and the role that FJC staff can play in ensuring it's a useful tool for law enforcement and a safe route to status for noncitizens.