Victims of Human Trafficking & Other Crimes
USCIS helps protect victims of human trafficking and other crimes by providing immigration relief. Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons, is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers lure individuals with false promises of employment and a better life.
Individuals and their families may also fall victim to many other types of crime in the United States. These crimes include: rape, murder, manslaughter, domestic violence, sexual assault, and many others.
There are two types of immigration relief we provide to victims of human trafficking and other crimes:
T Nonimmigrant Status (T Visa)
T nonimmigrant status provides immigration protection to victims of trafficking. The T Visa allows victims to remain in the United States and assist law enforcement authorities in the investigation or prosecution of human trafficking cases.
U Nonimmigrant Status (U Visa)
U nonimmigrant status provides immigration protection to crime victims who have suffered substantial mental or physical abuse as a result of the crime. The U visa allows victims to remain in the United States and assist law enforcement authorities in the investigation or prosecution of the criminal activity.
Information for Law Enforcement Agencies and Judges
Law enforcement agencies and judges play an important role in immigration relief available for victims of human trafficking and other crimes. Immigration relief options encourage victims to report crimes and work with law enforcement and serve as a tool for law enforcement to help eliminate human trafficking and fight crime in local communities. Please see the Information for Law Enforcement Agencies and Judges for more information.
Resources for Victims
USCIS offers resources for victims of human trafficking and other crimes and the organizations that serve them. This information is designed to help answer any questions you or your family might have about obtaining T or U Nonimmigrant status. USCIS has also developed additional materials specifically for law enforcement agencies. Please see Resources for Victims of Human Trafficking & Other Crimes for more information.
USCIS is dedicated to informing law enforcement and community based organizations about the forms of relief offered to victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and other crimes. To receive training on this topic, please send an email to T_U_VAWATraining@uscis.dhs.gov.
For more information please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888.
Learn more about human trafficking through the Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign.