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This is the official Department of Homeland Security
notice on its new office focused on assisting victims of
any crime committed by an illegal immigrant
WASHINGTON – Today (April 26), Homeland Security
Secretary John F. Kelly announced the official launch
of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
(ICE) Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office
(VOICE). The VOICE office will assist victims of crimes
committed by criminal aliens.
ICE built the VOICE office in response to the Executive Order entitled ‘Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,’ which directed DHS to
create an office to support victims of crimes committed by criminal aliens.
“All crime is terrible, but these victims are unique —
and too often ignored,” said Secretary Kelly. “They are
casualties of crimes that should never have taken place
— because the people who victimized them often times
should not have been in the country in the first place.
The key objectives of the VOICE office are:
XX Use a victim-centered approach to acknowledge
and support victims and their families.
XX Promote awareness of available services to
XX Build collaborative partnerships with community stakeholders assisting victims.
ICE has established a toll-free hotline staffed with
operators who will triage calls to ensure victims receive the support they need. The number is 1-855-48-
VOICE or 1-855-488-6423.
The types of assistance people impacted by crimes
committed by illegal aliens can expect include:
XX Local contacts to help with unique victim re-
quests ICE community relations officers will serve as
a local representative explaining to victims what infor-
mation is available and to help victims understand the
immigration enforcement and removal process.
XX Access to social service professionals able to
refer victims to resources and service providers
ICE has a cadre of 27 victim assistance specialists lo-
cated across the country available to direct victims to
a wide range of resources. The victim assistance spe-
cialists possess a high degree of specialized victim as-
sistance expertise and training.
XX Assistance signing-up to receive automated cus-
tody status information
The DHS-Victim Information and Notification Ex-
change (DHS-VINE) is an automated service being
launched today that will help victims track the immi-
gration custody status of illegal alien perpetrators of
crime. More information about DHS- VINE and how to
sign-up to receive automated alerts can be found at:
XX Additional criminal or immigration history may
be available about an illegal alien to victims or their
ICE will work with requesting individuals to deter-
mine what releasable information is available to vic-
tims about an alien involved in a crime.
ICE is employing a measured approach to building
the VOICE office—meaning that it intends to expand
the services VOICE offers in the future. This approach
allows the office to provide immediate services to vic-
tims, but will also allow the agency to collect metrics
and information to determine additional resource
needs and how the office can best serve victims and
their families moving forward.
For the hotline, call 1-855-488-6423; for more infor-
mation/automatic alerts, visit https://vinelink.dhs.gov/
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service
has come up with redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Document. Below is its official release on the measure, which will be effective this
month, one intended to ensure better security by
adding some tamper-resistant features to these these
WASHINGTON –U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services April 19 announced a redesign to the Permanent Resident Card (also known as a Green Card) and
the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) as
part of the Next Generation Secure Identification Document Project.USCIS began issuing the new cards on
May 1, 2017.
These redesigns use enhanced graphics and fraud-resistant security features to create cards that are
highly secure and more tamper-resistant than the ones
currently in use.
The new card designs demonstrate USCIS’ commitment to continue taking a proactive approach against
the threat of document tampering and fraud. They are
also part of an ongoing effort between USCIS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement to enhance document security
and deter counterfeiting and fraud.
The redesigned cards
The new Green Cards and EADs will: n Display the individual’s photos on both sides; n Show a unique graphic image and color palette: m Green Cards will have an image of the Statue of
Liberty and a predominately green palette; m EAD cards will have an image of a bald eagle
and a predominately red palette; m Have embedded holographic images; and n No longer display the individual’s signature.
n Also, Green Cards will no longer have an optical
stripe on the back.
Some Green Cards and EADs issued after May 1,
2017, may still display the existing design format as
USCIS will continue using existing card stock until current supplies are depleted.
Both the existing and the new Green Cards and
EADs will remain valid until the expiration date shown
on the card.
Certain EADs held by individuals with Temporary
Protected Status ( TPS) and other designated categories
have been automatically extended beyond the validity
date on the card.
For additional information on which EADs are covered, please visit the Temporary Protected Status and
American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act web
pages on uscis.gov.
Both versions are acceptable for Form I- 9, Employment Eligibility Verification, E-Verify, and Systematic
Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE). Some older
Green Cards do not have an expiration date. These
older Green Cards without an expiration date remain
valid. Individuals who have Green Cards without an
expiration date may want to consider applying for a replacement card bearing an expiration date. Obtaining
the replacement card will reduce the likelihood of
fraud or tampering if the card is ever lost or stolen.
Eligibility for Green Cards and EADs
For more information about the Green Card application process, please visit uscis.gov/greencard.
To request an EAD, you must file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.
Visit uscis.gov for more information about EADs.
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