Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A policy analysis of the U nonimmigrant status (U-visa) in the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000
by Luk, Judy, M.S.W., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 62; 1517724
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this project was to conduct an in-depth policy analysis of the U nonimmigrant status (U-visa) provision, enacted under P.L. No. 106-386, Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (VTVPA) of 2000. This analysis examined the social problem of domestic violence, particularly among immigrant women. The objectives and implementation of the U-visa were discussed and the intended effects and limitations of this provision were explored. Overall, the findings suggest that the U-visa increases the allocation of resources, services, and rights to immigrant women who experience domestic violence. In contrast, the unintended effects of the implementation of this provision include the lengthy processing periods and the inconsistent application of the U-visa by law enforcement agencies.

Social workers have an obligation to bridge the gap between women who experience domestic violence and the institutional systems in which they live by taking an active role in advocating for policy reform.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Potts, Marilyn
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Social work
Publication Number: 1517724
ISBN: 978-1-267-47085-0
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