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11 January 2012

USCIS and DHS Fight Human Trafficking

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Every year, millions of men, women, and children are exploited for labor and commercial sex.  In 2010, Secretary Janet Napolitano launched the Blue Campaign, a first-of-its-kind initiative to coordinate and strengthen the Department’s efforts to combat human trafficking.  DHS stands together with our federal partners this month to reaffirm our pledge to prevent human trafficking, protect victims, and investigate and prosecute traffickers.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plays a vital role in the overall fight against slavery and human trafficking by providing immigration assistance to protect victims.  By encouraging victims to report crimes and assist law enforcement, T and U visas serve as a law enforcement tools to help eliminate human trafficking and fight crime in local communities. T and U visas protect victims by allowing them to remain in the United States, and permit certain family members to join them.

USCIS has produced a video  to educate individuals about trafficking and the available resources for victims.  This video highlights the stories of two trafficking survivors and the role that the T visa played in their path to freedom.  We invite you to learn more and help get the word out about the availability of T and U visas.


At January 13, 2012 at 4:14:00 PM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is very noble of USCIS to do this. But could you please do your every day job first? Please post:

1. Employment based I-485 inventory
2. USCIS response to CIS Ombudsman's report to Congress 2011
3. Updated Processing times for each service center

At January 30, 2012 at 4:02:00 PM EST , Blogger Katy Challenger said...

This is an excellent campaign. Many people do not realize how many people are vulnerable to slavery and human trafficking. All countries need to have an aggressive plan for fighting this indecency. First and foremost should be education on this time crime. It could be happening next door to you.

At February 8, 2012 at 7:16:00 AM EST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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