Human Trafficking and the Trafficking and Violence Protection Act: How the system can hurt the victims

Jennifer Heil

Under the United States Trafficking and Violence Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000, trafficking victims who cooperate with law enforcement personnel are not subject to deportation (U.S. Congress 2000). These victims can be granted T-visas, which allow them to continue residence in the United States if they assist in the prosecution of their trafficker. In 2003, an estimated 14,500 people were trafficked into the United States, but of these, only 151 victims were eligible for T-visas (Newman 2006). In The War on Human Trafficking, Anthony DeStephano states that this low number is not due to victims’ lack of knowledge about the TVPA, citing increased numbers of organizations, experts and lawyers working with these groups as the primary way victims would find out about the TVPA benefits (DeStephano 2007). The victims may have access to these resources, once rescued. However, in order for the TVPA to be effective, it must be known about by victims who have not yet been rescued so that traffickers cannot control their victims with threats of deportation……

Student Anthropologist, 1 (1)

Publication date: 2009

Pages: 9- 10

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