Featured in Texas MonthlyPart of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act, a U-Visa applicant must show substantial physical or mental abuse as the result of one of a specified form of criminal activity (or “similar” activity), and obtain a certification from a federal, state, or local law enforcement official that states that the applicant is being, has been, or is likely to be helpful to the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity.  The B.K.C. assists crime victims with obtaining certification by working with various law enforcement agencies, preparing and filing the application with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and reunifying with qualifying family members.