Tackling the Trafficker: Combating Human Trafficking at the 2012 Super Bowl

"While fans cheered on the New England Patriots and New York Giants during Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, behind the scenes, the Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans (IPATH) Task Force—co-chaired by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and the U.S. Attorney’s Office...

Advance Copy of Presidential Determination with Respect to Foreign Governments' Efforts Regarding Trafficking in Persons

Presidential Determination with Respect to Foreign Governments' Efforts Regarding Trafficking in Persons - FR Doc. 2012-23641 Filed 09/21/2012 at 11:15 am; Publication Date: 09/24/2012 .

Slavery Out of the Shadows: Spotlight on Human Trafficking

The November 2012 issue of the Texas Bar Journal is dedicated to this important issue, with five articles: Hidden in Plain Sight: A General Overview of the Human Trafficking Issue By Laura Pratt Navigating the Complexities of Corporate Liability in Human Trafficking and Forced...

The Stain of Human Trafficking: California Fights Back

""Human trafficking is the world's fastest growing criminal enterprise and is an estimated $32 billion-a-year global industry. After drug trafficking, human trafficking is the world's second most profitable criminal enterprise, a status it shares with illegal arms trafficking. Like...

Free Web Training Dec. 6th: Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence and Other Serious Crimes

"U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) cordially invite interested stakeholders to participate in a web-ex training session on December 6, 2012 from 2:00-4:00 pm (Eastern). During this training subject matter experts from the USCIS Vermont Service Center and Office of Policy and Strategy...

Presidential Proclamation: National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2013

"This month, we rededicate ourselves to stopping one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time. Around the world, millions of men, women, and children are bought, sold, beaten, and abused, locked in compelled service and hidden in darkness. They toil in factories and fields; in brothels and...

Diplomatic Impunity: Trafficking Women to the United States in the Shadow of the White House

"Human trafficking by diplomats poses little risk of prosecution. Or as the founder of the Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center, Martina Vandenberg, puts it, “Diplomatic immunity is not a license to traffic, but it’s pretty close.” Diplomatic immunity shields certain classes...

Free Training: Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence and Other Serious Crimes

" U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) cordially invites interested stakeholders to participate in a web-ex training session on April 17, 2013 from 2:00-4:00 pm (Eastern) . During this training subject matter experts from the USCIS Vermont Service Center and Office of Policy and...

Multiple Trafficking, RICO, Civil Rights Violations Lawsuits Filed on Behalf of H-2B Visa Workers

SPLC, May 21, 2013 : " A coalition of some of the nation’s most prestigious law firms today began filing a series of federal lawsuits to prosecute multiple human trafficking and racketeering allegations against a Gulf Coast marine services company and its network of recruiters and labor brokers...

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...