Monday, April 3, 2017

SF Public Defender's Office Practice on Immigrant Victims Seeking U Visas

The San Francisco Chronicle reports on the San Francisco Public Defender's Office policy and practices related to immigrant victims who seek U visas in cases in which the Public Defender's Office is representing the defendants.  Noting that Public Defender Jeff Adichi is typically a strong advocate of the rights of undocumented immigrants, the article notes the concern that the Office is employing criminal defense strategies that are ultimately undermining the ability of immigrant crime victims to assert their rights under federal law, re-traumatize survivors of crime, and create more fear of the legal process.  U visas provide immigration status to certain individuals who assist in law enforcement investigations and prosecutions in which they are the victim.


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