would be the best way to deal with it. rep. goodlatte: thank you. ms. pyati, you referred to localities that have community trust policies. would you say that montgomery county, maryland, where rockville high school is located, is a sanctuary jurisdiction? whether that county's community trust policy protected that 14-year-old girl? saypyati: first, i want to of course what happened to the 14-year-old girl is a tragedy. no one would ever expect that to happen and feel horribly sorry for her and her expense. rep. goodlatte: wouldn't it have been better if those two boys had never arrived in montgomery county, maryland? ms. pyati: those are two different questions. the boys had no criminal record whatsoever before. had never been picked up by law enforcement. and therefore a community trust policy had nothing to do with what happened that day in that school. secondarily, whether they could -- rep. goodlatte: i'm sorry, but it is a violation of the law to cross our border. so weren't they illegally present in the united states? >> ms. pyati: they did violate the law by causing the border.
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to repeat ms. pyati: i did take notes, thank you. our organization works with local law enforcement agencies across the country and i know many agencies like ours do, as well. we communicate with local law enforcement and provide training on immigration law and how to recognize victims in the community to read we also work with them to identify different cultural barriers that might exist between local law enforcement officers and members of the community, so we might break down the barriers and find ways to get vital information from those in the community. some of the specific challenges we have learned involve a number of those i cited earlier as challenges the victims face. it is a two-way street, whether it be language barriers, cultural barriers. immigrantsmented come from environments where trusting law enforcement is not smart. a policen you talk to officer as a rape victim, for example, you may be be victimized. to say to a woman as i have had policenestly, these officers are here to help you, takes a lot of courage. not on my part, it takes a lot of courage for the victim
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