Confidentiality Protections for Survivors of Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking and Other Crimes

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Because survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes are among the most vulnerable populations in the immigration legal system, numerous laws and policies have been enacted to protect the confidentiality of their information and restrict the disclosure of that information. One source of important protections is codified at 8 U.S.C. § 1367 (Section 1367), which restricts identification of survivors with humanitarian relief claims and disclosure of their information.[1] This practice advisory discusses the ways in which federal law has been designed and implemented to protect information concerning abused immigrants, the policy laid out by U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agencies, and what advocates can do when the protection provisions are violated.