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National laws and policies often affect the challenges faced or opportunities created in your community. The following laws and policies about public safety may inspire insight, understanding or change through community activism.


Assistance By State And Local Police In Apprehending Illegal Aliens
The Department of Justice's Office of Legal Counsel memo on the authority of local police to enforce immigration laws.  (Scroll to the bottom)


Federal Protections Against National Origin Discrimination
This brochure, available in various languages, contains information about federal laws that prohibit national origin discrimination.


Guidance to Federal Financial Assistance Recipients Regarding Title VI Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Limited English Proficient Persons (DOJ Recipient LEP Guidance)
Mandates Title VI recipients of Federal financial assistance to ensure meaningful access to their programs and activities by persons with limited English proficiency (LEP).


Hate Crime Resources and Legislation
Provides links to related legislation, codes, and cases.


Illegal Immigrant Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act    
Expanded section 431 of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act of 1996 (8 U.S.C. 1641) (which defines the meaning of "qualified alien") to include certain categories of battered aliens.


The Violent Crime Control & Law Enforcement Act of 1994
The largest crime bill in the history of the country significantly expanded the government's ability to deal with criminal aliens.


Victims of Trafficking and Violence Prevention Act of 2000
Increases protection, by providing options for permanent status, for battered immigrant women and children.


Violence Against Women Act
A concise summary of the federal offenses/statutes now available in both VAWA and the Gun Control Act to prosecute domestic violence offenders in the federal courts.

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