Crime Victim Relief Project Training

Thursday December 06 , 2012

  • By: Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota LSC funded
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Time Zone: Central Time (US & Canada)
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    Faegre Baker Daniels
    2200 Wells Fargo Center
    90 South Seventh Street
    Minneapolis, MN
  • Contact:
    Anne Applebaum
    The Immigrant Law Center of Minnestoa
    651-651-1011
  • Website: www.ilcm.org
  • Source: Minnesota > ProJusticeMN.org

As part of its Crime Victim Relief Project, ILCM trains and mentors attorneys to assist victims of serious crimes obtain immigration benefits under the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (VTVPA). Under VTVPA, immigrants who have been the victim of a serious crime; endured substantial physical or emotional abuse as a result of that crime; and are willing to assist in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity can apply for a "U Visa," which provides immigration benefits to crime victims.

Nearly all of the crime victims seeking assistance under ILCM's project are women and children who have been victims of sexual assault and/or domestic violence. The special provisions under VTVPA encourage these victims to cooperate with law enforcement, and allow victims of abuse to gain the independence they need to break the cycle of violence and provide a safe future for their families.

ILCM trains volunteer attorneys from all areas of law and levels of experience to assist immigrant crime victims. In addition to providing intensive training and instructional materials, ILCM pairs volunteer attorneys with low-income clients in need and provides mentorship and resources throughout their case.