Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons, is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers lure individuals with false promises of employment and a better life.
Many young women and men are taken from their home countries with the hope of living an “American Dream”. Unfortunately many end up finding a nightmare.
The fear of deportation, and the safety of relatives are usually the main reasons many of the victims accept the humiliation, and torture. They are held captives in brothels or other “slave-like” environments. Some have their families or relatives threatened in back in their countries of origin in case they do not collaborate with their kidnappers or “slave masters”. As such the United States of America has enacted a number of laws to protect the victims.
Individuals and their families may also fall victim to many other types of crime in the United States. These crimes include: rape, murder, manslaughter, domestic violence, sexual assault, and many others.
There are two types of immigration relief we provide to victims of human trafficking and other crimes:
T nonimmigrant status provides immigration protection to victims of trafficking. The T Visa allows victims to remain in the United States and assist law enforcement authorities in the investigation or prosecution of human trafficking cases.
U nonimmigrant status provides immigration protection to crime victims who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse as a result of the crime. The U visa allows victims to remain in the United States and assist law enforcement authorities in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity.
Our law firm has dedicated itself in helping the immigrant community for years. If you are victim of human trafficking or know anybody who is a victim, please call us on 510 742 5887.