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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

15-Year Sentence in Slavery, Human Trafficking Case in Ohio Involving Minors

DOJ, June 27, 2016 - "According to documents filed in the case and admissions made in court in connection with the guilty pleas, the defendants and their associates recruited workers from Guatemala, some as young as 14 or 15 years old, by falsely promising them good jobs and a chance to attend school...

Lawsuit Alleges Human Trafficking on American Fishing Boat: Sorihin v. Sea Queen II

Sept. 22, 2016, LAS-ELC - "Two men from Indonesia filed a federal lawsuit [in San Francisco, CA] today alleging that they were induced to pay high recruitment fees to work for a U.S.-based fishing vessel, whose captain mistreated them, isolated them at sea for months at a time, and didn’t...

Nearly $1M Damages Awarded in Trafficking/Slavery Case: Rana v. Islam

Rana v. Islam, Sept. 26, 2016 - "Mashud Parves Rana brings this action against his former employers, Monirul Islam and his wife, Fahima Tashina Prova, for violations of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act ("TVPA"), 18 U.S.c. § 1589 et seq., the Fair Labor Standards...

Presidential Determinations on FY 2017 Refugee Admissions, TVPA

Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 196 / Tuesday, October 11, 2016 - "The admission of up to 110,000 refugees to the United States during Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 is justified by humanitarian concerns or is otherwise in the national interest;..." Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 196 / Tuesday,...

Unpub. BIA on Fla. Trafficking

Matter of X-, Nov. 8, 2016 (unpub.) - "A conviction under Fla. Stat. § 893.13(1 )(a)(2) for possession with intent to sell ... does not require a showing of an attempt or substantial step towards the completion of unlawful trading or dealing. Indeed, it could involve merely a change in a possessor's...