For those with a role in the criminal justice or medical forensic system, SVJI provides advanced resources that will:
- promote more effective prosecution of sexual assault,
- encourage cooperation among health care providers, law enforcement and expert witnesses,
- and build awareness among judges.
Among these resources, MNCASA maintains a brief bank and listserv that is accessible to prosecutors and other attorneys. Access is restricted without permission. Please contact MNCASA Staff Attorney, Noelle Volin, to request login information.
MNCASA is also available to write and/or sign onto amicus briefs to state and federal courts. See MNCASA's amicus policy.
The U VISA
The U visa (U nonimmigrant status) is available for noncitizen victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement agencies in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity. Congress created the U visa with the passage of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (including the Battered Immigrant Women's Protection Act) in 2000. The legislation helps law enforcement agencies investigate and prosecute cases of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes, while offering protection to victims of such crimes in keeping with the humanitarian interests of the United States.
For more information:
IPSA Judicial Education E-Learning
Minnesota-specific learning material for judges and other criminal justice system professionals entitled "Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: Adjudicating this Hidden Dimension of Domestic Violence". This course is open and available to all who register at www.njep-ipsacourse.org. When you register for the site be sure to indicate that your practice state is Minnesota.