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Denial of Justice for Trafficking Survivors
Posted on 9 Dec 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

BU Law, Dec. 7, 2022 "LAW’s Professor Julie Dahlstrom and CAS’s Professor Heba Gowayed report on data received from the Department of Homeland Security related to T visa applications for survivors of human trafficking." Read More

USCIS Updates T Visa Memo (Oct. 20, 2021)
Posted on 20 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Oct. 20, 2021 "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is issuing updated and comprehensive guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual on adjudicating applications for T nonimmigrant status (or T visas) submitted by victims of human trafficking... Read More

Sri Yatun's Escape
Posted on 11 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Noy Thrupkaew, Washington Post, Oct. 6, 2021 "Every year, more than a thousand domestic workers are brought to the U.S. by diplomats and other foreign officials. What happens when those workers face abuse?" Read More

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Feds Reopen Comment Period on T Visa IFR
Posted on 15 Jul 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 07/16/2021 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announces the reopening of the public comment period for the Interim Final Rule titled, Classification for Victims of Severe... Read More

AAO Grants T Visa Appeal About Presence “On Account of” Trafficking
Posted on 8 Apr 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matthew Hoppock, Apr. 7, 2019 "After an informal policy shift last year led the USCIS to start denying human trafficking visas by misreading the statutory text, creating a requirement that never existed before, we’ve won our first appeal... Read More

DOL Expands Visa Protection for Trafficking Victims
Posted on 4 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

USCIS Webinar, Feb. 19, 2014: Immigration Relief for Victims of Human Trafficking and Other Serious Crimes
Posted on 6 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

T Visa Grant Ends 10-Year Ordeal
Posted on 10 Jul 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Her decade-long battle was finally over. She could stay. Cayla Roberts, a 25-year-old graduate student at Western Michigan University, would not be deported back to China, a country she was smuggled away from at age 14 by human traffickers known... Read More

NYC to Provide U and T Visa Certifications
Posted on 10 Feb 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Office of the Mayor, NYC, Feb. 9, 2016 - "Today Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner and Chair of the New York City Commission on Human Rights Carmelyn P. Malalis announced that CCHR is now accepting requests for U and T visa certifications, making... Read More

DOL to Expand Support for Trafficking Victims Seeking T, U Visas
Posted on 22 Nov 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

USCIS Publishes Interim Rule on T Nonimmigrant Status
Posted on 21 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Dec. 19, 2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending its regulations governing the requirements and procedures for victims of human trafficking who seek T nonimmigrant status. DHS is also streamlining procedures, responding... Read More

Consular Processing for Overseas Derivative T and U Nonimmigrant Status Family Members: Q&A
Posted on 9 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"USCIS provides immigration relief to victims of various crimes—including domestic violence and human trafficking—by granting one of two forms of relief: T nonimmigrant status and U nonimmigrant status . Principal victims granted... Read More

Webinar - T and U Visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), July 20, 2016
Posted on 6 Jul 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

" USCIS invites you to a webinar on Wednesday, July 20, 2016, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) on T and U visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) , immigration relief for victims for human trafficking, domestic violence and other serious crimes... Read More

Free USCIS Webinar Today, July 16, 2015, on T and U visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
Posted on 16 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"USCIS invites you to a webinar on Thursday, July 16, 2015, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. (Eastern) on T and U visas and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) . This webinar is intended for community-based organizations, social service agencies and advocates... Read More

Tags: vawa , webinar , U visa , t visa , USCIS

Advance Copy of USCIS Interim Rule: Classification for Victims of Severe Forms of Trafficking in Persons; Eligibility for “T” Nonimmigrant Status
Posted on 17 Dec 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 12/19/2016 - "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is amending its regulations governing the requirements and procedures for victims of human trafficking seeking T nonimmigrant... Read More