ICE announces updated policy to support noncitizen victims of crime
WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today its updated policy to support noncitizen victims of crime. ICE will help victims seek justice and facilitate access to immigration benefits for noncitizens who have been victims of crime. This new policy is designed to improve victims’ ability to seek justice against perpetrators of crime, including in cases of human trafficking.
This new directive stems from the ICE leadership memorandum issued July 30, 2021, to review agency, directorate, and program office policies, procedures, guidance and resource needs to ensure that our activities are carried out through a victim-centered approach.
Additionally, ICE also recently launched the Victims Engagement and Services Line (VESL) expanding its services to better assist all victims. These services may be accessed by contacting 1-833-383-1465 or by visiting https://www.ice.gov/vesl.