Individuals are less likely to report a crime to the authorities if they fear that law enforcement will release them to immigration authorities. This reluctance may inhibit solving crimes and arresting offenders, as well as potentially exposing others to victimization.
To address this issue, Directive No. 2018-6 was issued by the State of New Jersey, Office of the Attorney General. This directive allows for the application of a "T" Visa which is designed to assist victims of human trafficking, and a "U" Visa which is designed to assist victims of certain violent offenses. A list of these offenses are listed under the "Qualifying Criminal Activities" on the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Website.