Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Government immigration policies are harming trafficking survivors


Evangeline M. Chan, director of the Safe Horizon Immigration Law Project for The Hill considers the effects of the Trump administration's immigration enforcement policies, including fewer T visas and aggressive enforcement,  on survivors of human trafficking.  She notes that

"January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness and help prevent human trafficking in our communities. Throughout the month, we can expect the government to highlight its accomplishments and efforts in assisting survivors and combating human trafficking.

Many of these efforts and policies, however, are completely undermined by an even more significant threat to trafficking survivors than the traffickers themselves: this administration’s war on immigrants.

Immigrants are particularly vulnerable to traffickers because of their lack of status, inability to speak English, unfamiliarity with our legal system, lower levels of education, and lack of access to employment." 



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