Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Many are victims are forced work in the sex trade,, sweatshops, the fields and private homes. The pay is meager or non-existent and the work and living conditions are exploitative. The Trafficking Victims Violence Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) and later amendments to it increase the criminal penalties for traffickers and provides an array of benefits and protections for survivors of human trafficking. The TVPA also allows legal services agencies such as LAFLA to represent trafficking victims without regard to their immigration status.
New* The State Department’s 2009 Trafficking in Persons Report, released on June 17, 2009, documents the scope of this challenge in every country. The report underscores the need to address the root causes of human trafficking -- including poverty, lax law enforcement and the exploitation of women -- and their devastating effects on its victims and their families.
If you or someone you know is or has been in a human trafficking situation, please call (888) 428-7581; U.S. Department of Justice, Trafficking in Persons and Worker Exploitation Complaint Line (888) 373-7888 and Covenant House Anti-Trafficking Hotline.
Obtaining Legal Immigrant Status
Immigrant survivors of human trafficking can apply for a T visa, an immigration status that allows trafficking victims to live and work in the U.S. for three years. After the three-year period, they can apply for a green card.
To qualify for a T visa, a person must:
Information for Family Members
Immediate family members of trafficking victims can apply for a T visa as “derivative applicants” if they are:
LAFLA refers human trafficking clients to local agencies that can help them access a wide array of benefits and services regardless of the victim’s immigration status. Some available benefits include:
How to Qualify for Benefits and Services
To obtain representation and benefits, a person over the age of 18 must:
A person under the age of 18 must:
If you or someone you know has been forced into any kind of work, call (800)-630-0459 for more information and help.
The Trafficking Victims Violence Protection Act (TVPA) defines severe forms of trafficking’ as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for commercial sex that is:
Trafficking Victims Violence Protection Act:
Prevents trafficking by committing US resources to international anti-trafficking efforts.
LAFLA ’s Immigration and Asian & Pacific Islander Units: :
Conducts outreach within the Los Angeles and Orange County areas at community and faith based organizations.
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