It took eight years for the law to actually come into fruition, but finally this August the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued the first few U visas for immigrant victims of crime and domestic violence.
U visas have signaled a hopeful improvement in the area of crimes against women immigrants who are often helpless to defend themselves being dependent on their spouses and having no other contact. The 2000 Crime Victims Act has been sitting idly for the past seven odd years because there were no written regulations on the U visa. The DHS attributed the delay to the need for coordination between the police, district attorneys, DHS etc. There is provision for 10,000 U visas a year.