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.