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Battered Women's Advocates Fault NYPD on Visa Program

El Diario, Catalina Jaramillo Posted: Feb 27, 2010

NEW YORK--Domestic violence advocates denounced the failure of the New York Police Department to aid victims who are in the process of getting a U visa, according to a report from El Diario. This special type of visa is granted to women who have suffered violence. They must first obtain certification of their circumstances from either a prosecutor or law-enforcement agency. According to the Spanish daily, the NYPD has only signed a certification since 2007 despite having met with women advocates who brought new cases to their attention. Carolien Hardenbol, of the advocacy group Sanctuary For Families, told Hoy that one of the woman affected cooperated with police, but her husband was never arrested. Now she is in a shelter without being able to apply for her U visa. Groups complain that the NYPD has implemented a complicated certificate process and that it lacks sufficient personnel to attend to the cases.

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