“I work for LAPD in the Robbery Homicide Division in the Special Assault Section where we investigate stranger rapes, serial sexual assaults, unsolved sexual assaults with DNA, and high profile cases. In 2008 John Doe was identified to a 2006 sexual assault case and in 2010 the case was brought to court. He was found guilty and sentenced to 35 years, reduced from 76 years by the judge”.
“The victim, Jane Doe, was undocumented which heightened her concerns of her safety by originally pursuing a case. Immigration and police departments recognized that many undocumented people can be victims of serious crimes.However the U-Visa program was created so those people who are undocumented and are afraid of coming forward because of deportation fears, are told that they won’t get deported. In addition, the victim must have cooperated throughout the entire investigation, which includes testifying in court. She cooperated in every step so I submitted the paperwork for her to obtain the U-Visa. Two of her daughters were also undocumented so they were submitted into the U-Visa program with their mother. Jane Doe and her daughters were granted U-Visas and she obtained a work permit. She was working 7 days a week, day and night. She was working at a furniture store and selling cosmetics. She was one of the hardest working women I know. Even though she worked all the time, she was frugal and saved the money. When the furniture store was being sold, she bought it and the business is now doing very well. Both of her daughters graduated high school and are in college in Northern California”.
“There’s a lot of talk about immigration and politics right now and that’s the situation that her daughters would’ve been in. They would’ve been behind the curve because they didn’t hold a work permit and other logistics. Jane Doe was able to take vacations and visit her mother who she hadn’t seen in 15 years”.