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7-Eleven Stores Raided in Human Smuggling Probe, Indictments Unsealed

"Nine owners and managers of 7-Eleven convenience stores were charged on Monday in a scheme to exploit immigrants from Pakistan, including some business-owners who used Social Security numbers of children and dead people on the workers' pay stubs. Most of the defendants were arrested early Monday...

DOS Notice: Determination Under Section 107(a) of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008

"Pursuant to the authority vested in me by Section 107(a) of the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110–457) and Delegation of Waiver Authority Pursuant to Section 107(a) of Public Law 110–457, I hereby determine that a waiver of the application of...

Guilty Verdict in Human Trafficking, H-1B Visa Fraud Case

"Kizzy Kalu, age 49, of Highlands Ranch, [Colorado,] was found guilty today of 89 counts of mail fraud, visa fraud, human trafficking and money laundering by a federal jury, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado announced. ... According to the indictment and evidence presented...

Human Trafficking Lawsuits Against Signal International Expand

"The Southern Poverty Law Center announced that five more lawsuits have been filed this week against Signal International LLC, accusing the shipbuilder and its network of recruiters and labor brokers of trafficking 500 Indian guest workers to the United States and forcing them to work under barbaric...

H-2A Guestworker Visa Program: Facilitator of Exploitation and Labor Trafficking in the U.S. Ranching Industry

"Born out of the Bracero system of the post-World War II era, today's H-2A guestworker visa program facilitates the exploitation of foreign sheep, goat, and cattle herders in the United States by binding them to a single employer, subjecting them to labor abuses, and exempting them from legal...

Free Webinar: Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence; Dec. 11th, 2:00 P.M. EST

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a webinar on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to discuss the various relief options available to victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes. During this training...

Rare Recovery From Trafficking Lawsuit

"After four years of grueling work without pay as a nanny in Bethesda, Md., Zipora Mazengo finally obtained a $1 million judgment against her former employer. The Tanzanian citizen spent five more years attempting to collect. Her pro bono lawyers at Jenner & Block recognized that the challenge...

Firm Commits to Assisting Human Trafficking Victims

"Accusations last month that an Indian diplomat cheated her housekeeper first came to light when Devyani Khobragade, who worked in New York City, complained about being strip-searched following her arrest. Khobragade, charged with visa fraud, has returned to India. The controversy demonstrates how...

Revised Procedures re Trafficking Victims: USCIS

"The purpose of this memorandum is to announce the issuance of revised procedures regarding trafficking victims to replace the current procedures in the Affirmative Asylum Procedures Manual (AAPM)." - USCIS, Nov. 26, 2014 .

USCIS Webinar, Feb. 19, 2014: Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites interested members of the law enforcement community to participate in a webinar training session on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss the various relief options available to victims of human trafficking...

Guilty Pleas in Houston Immigration RICO Cases

"A man and woman from Houston pleaded guilty Tuesday to racketeering violations in connection with an employment referral conspiracy. Lina Sun, 54, and Chenglun Ma, 57, pleaded guilty to racketeering influenced and corrupt organizations (RICO) conspiracy charges before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith...

Webinar July 16, 2014: Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a webinar training session on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) to discuss relief options available to victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes. During...

Oct. 15th USCIS Webinar: Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes

Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a webinar training session on Wednesday, October 15, 2014, from 2:00 p.m. to...

USCIS Interim Memo: New T-6 Nonimmigrant Category

"The INA allows a principal T nonimmigrant (the victim of a severe form of trafficking in persons, or T-1) to request derivative status for certain family members. ... Section 1221 of VAWA 2013 expanded the derivative category based on present danger of retaliation to include children (adult or...

DOL to Expand Support for Trafficking Victims Seeking T, U Visas

"In early 2015, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the Department of Labor will begin exercising its authority to certify applications for trafficking victims seeking T visas. In addition, WHD will expand its existing U visa program by certifying such requests when it detects three additional qualifying...

News Excerpts From the Dec. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Administration Takes Executive Action on Immigration | On November 20, 2014, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson issued a series of memoranda as part of a much-anticipated “executive action” to remedy problems in the nation’s immigration system. A memorandum entitled...

Major Human Trafficking Case Goes to Trial: Signal International

"Opening arguments begin today in a federal lawsuit brought by the SPLC on behalf of guest workers from India who were lured to a Mississippi shipyard by false promises of permanent U.S. residency only to find themselves forced into servitude and living under guard in an overcrowded, unsanitary...

Federal Jury Awards $14 Million to Indian Guest Workers Victimized in Labor Trafficking Scheme by Gulf Coast Shipyard, Agents

"A federal jury in an SPLC case today awarded $14 million in compensatory and punitive damages to five Indian guest workers who were defrauded and exploited in a labor trafficking scheme engineered by a Gulf Coast marine services company, an immigration lawyer and an Indian labor recruiter who lured...

DOL Expands Visa Protection for Trafficking Victims

"U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today announced that the labor department's Wage and Hour Division will begin to exercise its authority to certify applications for trafficking victims seeking "T" visas. The division will also certify "U" visa requests when it detects...

Signal Intl. LLC Files for Ch. 11 to Settle H-2B Trafficking Lawsuit - Law360

Law360, July 13, 2015 - " Oil and gas service and shipbuilding company Signal International LLC and several affiliates filed for Chapter 11 protection late Sunday in Delaware with a deal in hand that aims to resolve contentious litigation, including a labor trafficking case that resulted in a $14...

$20M Settlement Reached in H-2B Trafficking Case Against Signal Intl.

First, watch this video . - "Daniel Werner, SPLC senior supervising attorney, speaks about the SPLC’s lawsuit against Signal. The legal team received the Public Justice Foundation’s Trial Lawyer of the Year award for its work on the case." "A $20 million settlement agreement...

Guilty Plea in Ohio Egg Farm Slavery Case

Two defendants plead guilty to forced labor scheme that exploited Guatemalan migrants at egg farms "A leader of a human trafficking ring pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to charges that he lured Guatemalan minors and adults into the United States on false pretenses, then used threats...

DHS OIG Report: Work and Fiancé Visas Used by Traffickers to Bring Victims to USA

DHS OIG, Jan 4, 2016 - "Our match of ICE and USCIS data from 2005 to 2014 indicated that work and fiancé visas were the primary means by which 17 of 32 known traffickers brought victims into the United States."

FAQ: Protecting Unaccompanied Children from Trafficking - LIRS

This important FAQ from Lutheran Immigration & Refugee Services (LIRS) dated Jan. 26, 2016 provides much-needed detail on the Flores Settlement agreement, the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and more.

Senate Report - Protecting Unaccompanied Alien Children from Trafficking and Other Abuses: The Role of the Office of Refugee Resettlement

Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Jan. 28, 2016 Majority and Minority Staff Report -Protecting Unaccompanied Alien Children from Trafficking and Other Abuses: The Role of the Office of Refugee Resettlement