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From Colorado, Labor Trafficking News
Posted on 2 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sarah Tory, High Country News, July 29, 2019 "Phyllis Adkins, 65, had known William and Leonida Sackett for six years before she met the people who would later become their victims. Like the Sacketts, Adkins owned a farm in Rocky Ford, Colorado... 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

Slavery in America
Posted on 21 Nov 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Nov. 20, 2018 - "Defendants Michael Wood, 54, and Mary Wood, 46, of Mullica Hill, New Jersey, were sentenced yesterday in federal court to 20 months in prison and ordered to pay $46,320 in restitution to the victim in this case. A jury convicted... Read More

Certified Human Trafficking Victim in ICE Deportation Crosshairs
Posted on 30 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Brenda Medina, Miami Herald, Oct. 26, 2017 - "For almost two years, she worked for a family that paid her to what amounted to about $3 an hour for days that stretched to 13 hours. At night, she slept on the floor of the family’s apartment in... Read More

News Excerpts From the Dec. 15, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin
Posted on 3 Dec 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

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... Read More

Trafficked in America
Posted on 27 Apr 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

PBS Frontline - "FRONTLINE and the Investigative Reporting Program at U.C. Berkeley tell the inside story of Guatemalan teens forced to work against their will on an egg farm in Ohio." Read More

ICE Stalks Targets at NY Human Trafficking Court
Posted on 20 Jun 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Beth Fertig, WNYC, June 16, 2017 - "Public defenders and the state's top judge were rattled Friday after federal immigration agents were present in a Queens criminal courtroom for human trafficking victims. A WNYC reporter was in the building... Read More

Tags: Court , trafficking , ICE

Guilty Plea in Ohio Egg Farm Slavery Case
Posted on 25 Aug 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More

Firm Commits to Assisting Human Trafficking Victims
Posted on 21 Jan 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

Major Human Trafficking Case Goes to Trial: Signal International
Posted on 12 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

FAQ: Protecting Unaccompanied Children from Trafficking - LIRS
Posted on 27 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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. 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

Federal Jury Awards $14 Million to Indian Guest Workers Victimized in Labor Trafficking Scheme by Gulf Coast Shipyard, Agents
Posted on 19 Feb 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"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... Read More

DHS OIG Report: Work and Fiancé Visas Used by Traffickers to Bring Victims to USA
Posted on 11 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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." Read More

Tags: report , trafficking , oig , DHS

Signal Intl. LLC Files for Ch. 11 to Settle H-2B Trafficking Lawsuit - Law360
Posted on 13 Jul 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

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... Read More