Thursday, May 23, 2019
Report: Report Abused, Blamed, and Refused: Protection Denied to Women and Children Trafficked Over the U.S. Southern Border
Refugees International issued a report that it abstracts as follows:
"The current U.S. administration asserts that its border policies are designed to protect women and children from traffickers. However, its actions tell a very different story. Over the course of the last two years, the administration has failed to protect trafficking victims, as reflected in a dramatic increase in denials of visas for them, resulting from a new and highly restrictive interpretation of requirements under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. A review of all published appeals of applications for visas for victims of trafficking since 2017 shows that the administration’s decision-making has been particularly dismissive of claims by women and children who have been trafficked over the southwestern border, and has effectively blamed them for their own victimization. Recently implemented policies also scare survivors from coming forward to report abuse and even push them into the hands of traffickers."
Tiffany Hu at Law360 (registration required summarrizers the report:
"More and more trafficking victims are being denied visas because they do not meet U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' `new and highly restrictive' visa requirements, according to a report released Wednesday. The report from advocacy group Refugees International, which examined more than 100 appeals decisions for T visas between February 2017 and April 2019, found that visa denials for trafficking victims have gone up from 19% to 46% since President Donald Trump took office. The group attributes that jump to USCIS' new, narrower reading of a statute that offers visas for victims of severe labor or sex trafficking. `Over the course of the last two years, the administration has failed to protect trafficking victims, as reflected in a dramatic increase in denials of visas for them, resulting from a new and highly restrictive interpretation of requirements under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act,' the report states."