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UPDATED May 6, 2013

T-Visa Laws for Trafficking Victims

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The following information should not be considered as a legal opinion on specific facts or as a substitute for legal counsel.  Circumstances around human trafficking and applying for a T-visa are usually complicated and need a case-by-case analysis.  Please consult an attorney who understands the unique issues surrounding human trafficking BEFORE submitting anything to USCIS.  For more information about services for trafficked victims prior to obtaining T-visa status, you can contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center's Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or you can send a text to 233733, which corresponds with the letters BeFree on your phone.

Additional information and where to get help

back to topWhere can I find more information on T-visas?

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website provides information, instructions, and forms for T-visa applicants.  Click here to view the USCIS T-visa page.

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back to topWhere can I find services and help for victims of trafficking?

For services and help, please consider contacting the following resources:

  • The Office for Victims of Crime ("OVC") website provides an extensive list of resources for victims of human trafficking. To visit the OVC website and see those resources, click here.  To see a list of OVC resources by state, click here.  The OVC also provides a brochure about human trafficking available in English, Chinese (Traditional), Korean, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Refugee Resettlement provides information and links to federal resources for victims of human trafficking. 
  • The National Human Trafficking Resource Center is a non-government organization providing assistance to victims of human trafficking.  If you are not ready to contact government authorities but would like more information about resources available to trafficking victims, call their hotline at: 1-888-373-7888 or you can send a text to 233733, which corresponds with the letters BeFree on your phone.

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