Wednesday, February 7, 2007

Violence Protection Act - U Visa

The Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (VTVPA) intended to provide a special visa for victims of certain crimes to live legally in the United States. However, the Department of Homeland Security has yet to issue the regulations and to grant U Visas. For that reason, some victims of the specified crimes have been able to obtain a "U visa interim relief" which allows them to temporarily hold any action against them by the DHS and in some cases work legally.

The person interested in obtaining U visa relief should be able to prove, among other things, that he or she has suffered substantially as a result of being the victim of the specified criminal activity; that he or she possesses information about the criminal activity and is likely to help in the prosecution of said criminal activity.

Under VTVPA a victim of the following crimes may be able to obtain a remedy: rape, torture, trafficking, incest, domestic violence, sexual assault, abusive sexual contact, female genital mutilation, sexual exploitation, prostitution, peonage, abduction, kidnapping, slave trade, involuntary servitude, false imprisonment, blackmail, extortion, manslaughter, murder, felonious assault, witness tampering, obstruction of justice, perjury.

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