Victims of crime and the Home Office (3)

MQT on 2018-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2018
Question By: 
Sian Berry
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Thank you for your response to my question 2017/3023. What actions have you taken to protect vulnerable victims of crime from being targeted for immigration action, following the details of this case coming to light?


Answer for Victims of crime and the Home Office (3)

Answer for Victims of crime and the Home Office (3)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In appointing Claire Waxman, the first Victim’s Commissioner for London, we are working to improve the experiences of victims in our city.


All MPS officers are instructed that people should be treated as a victim of crime whatever the crime type.  If they are a victim of human trafficking then they should be referred through the National Referral Mechanism process as would all victims. If it is a Domestic Abuse matter then they will still be referred to MARAC.


The following MPS guidance is given to officers in relation to dealing with victims of crime whose immigration status is being investigated.  


“Where a person has reported to police that they are a victim of crime, police forces will treat them as victims first & foremost. Where it is felt that enquiries need to be made around their immigration status, which leads to doubts about their legal status in the UK, immediate arrest will only be made where there is intelligence, either from police data bases or Immigration Enforcement, that the person poses a risk of harm to a specific individual or a wider group of people.”


To enforce this message the Commissioner has written the attached letter which is shared with all victims of sexual violence that attend a Haven (please see Appendix 0415).  This further underlines the priority is supporting victims and to investigate the offences committed against them.