The Illinois Attorney General is investigating the Chicago Police Department. There are reports that they routinely denied certifications to over 800 undocumented victims of qualifying crimes, such as domestic battery and assault, over the past 2 years. Victims of qualifying crimes are eligible for legal status through U visas. This provides a path to citizenship for those who cooperate in law enforcement investigations.
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul demanded all data and documents related to the denials acknowledged by CPD in a letter to CPD:
“We are particularly concerned about reports published by Injustice Watch on December 8, 2022, detailing the results of an investigation into CPD’s responses to certification requests submitted by victims of crimes.
We are concerned about the Injustice Watch investigation’s finding that CPD is not maintaining data on the number of U visa certification requests it receives or the number of requests it denies. Illinois law requires CPD to compile and report such data annually to the OAG for the purpose of ensuring compliance with VOICES Act requirements.”
The U visa is for victims of certain qualifying criminal activities, including human trafficking. The U Visa protects victims of serious offenses from further mistreatment. It is reserved for victims of certain crimes who have suffered physical or mental abuse and assists law enforcement agencies. this visa also assists government officials in investigating and prosecuting the crimes. U visas allow immigrants who are victims of crimes to live and work in the US for 4 years or more. These crimes can include domestic violence or sex crimes. After three years of living in the US, a U visa holder and their immediate family can apply for green cards.
Were you unfairly denied a U visa? There are a limited number of U visas available each year. If you or a family member were a victim of a crime or domestic abuse and want to live in the United States, you may be entitled to a U visa. Contact an experienced U visa lawyer. We can ensure your application is complete and has no mistakes that may result in your application being denied or rejected. Contact the skilled immigration attorneys at Godoy Law Office today to schedule your initial appointment.
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