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District Attorney’s office looking out for undocumented crime victims

Friday, May 19, 2017 by Nina Hernandez

Yesterday, Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore released a statement announcing that her office would begin to send out letters to victims and witnesses in criminal cases who are in danger of being deported due to their immigration status. The office hopes it will help victims and witnesses continue to appear and cooperate. In the brief statement, Moore said the letters tell immigration officials that the person in question is a victim or witness in a pending criminal case, and requests that they notify the office in the case that the witness is caught up in deportation proceedings. “The office will follow a strict internal protocol to maintain a database of issued letters and security measures to verify the identity of the person presenting the letter to law enforcement,” Moore said in the statement.

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