Fighting Labor Trafficking

The risk of labor trafficking is higher in workers who are migratory, relocated, or undocumented. Migrant Legal Aid has discovered, identified, rescued, and legalized many victims (and their family members) from labor trafficking captivity.   

Victims of labor trafficking are eligible for a T visa, which allows victims to remain in the U.S. for up to four years and ultimately to adjust their status if they have assisted law enforcement in an investigation or prosecution of labor trafficking.  

Migrant Legal Aid offers services to help migrant and seasonal farmworkers receive T visas. Additionally, Migrant Legal Aid can refer victims to local services such as healthcare and counseling.

If you have experienced labor trafficking, or know someone who has been trafficked, contact Migrant Legal Aid for help.

Migrant Legal Aid Provides Trafficking Victims Protection and Support

Some labor trafficking victims do not report these crimes to the police because of their traumatic nature and worries about revealing their immigration status to law enforcement.

To receive a T visa, you must cooperate with law enforcement, so Migrant Legal Aid encourages victims to report these crimes and work with the police so that they will be eligible for the fullest protection provided by law.

Migrant Legal Aid Assists With Greenhouse Labor Trafficking Case

A crew of human traffickers recruited workers in Florida for work in the Kalamazoo area. During the recruitment process, they identified people without connections to the local area and exploited them during their journey up to Michigan. Upon arrival, the workers were forced to work in a greenhouse and give the money they earned to the traffickers. The owner of the greenhouse noticed signs of trafficking and called his lawyer to help.

The victims were soon freed, and an investigation began against the traffickers. Migrant Legal Aid and the greenhouse helped the victims escape and we applied for and received T visas for them and their families.

Father Reunited With Daughter

After escaping labor trafficking in the Kalamazoo area, one man reunited with his daughter after she arrived from Honduras.

Have You or Someone You Know Experienced Labor Trafficking?

If you have experienced Labor trafficking, or know someone who has been trafficked, contact Migrant Legal Aid for help.

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