U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced today its updated policy to support noncitizen victims of crime. ICE will help victims seek justice and facilitate access to immigration benefits for noncitizens who have been victims of crime. This new policy is designed to improve victims’ ability to seek justice against perpetrators of crime, including in cases of human trafficking.
According to the policy directive (PDF) Visit disclaimer page , "ICE will refrain from taking civil immigration enforcement action against known beneficiaries of victim-based immigration benefits and those known to have a pending application for such benefits." This includes issuing deportation or detention orders against known trafficking victims, including those that have applications pending for T visas or other forms of immigration benefits.