Victims of Labor Trafficking
Each year hundreds of thousands of laborers will enter the United States legally through the temporary work visa program, often leaving their homes and loved ones in search of economic opportunity. From picking our fruit to caring for our children, these men and women are a vital piece of our nation’s economy. Yet the program that invites them in has a number of structural weaknesses that also puts them in grave danger of being exploited and trafficked.
Polaris has published a new report “Human Trafficking on Temporary Work Visas” which highlights the insidious and destructive practice of labor trafficking on temporary work visas, whose victims are lied to, controlled through threats, and forced to work for little or no pay, sometimes violently.
Polaris identified 797 victims of labor trafficking through reported cases to the National Human Trafficking Hotline from January 2015 to December 2017 who held temporary work visas at the time of their abuse. Human trafficking is notoriously underreported, therefore the individuals whose cases were reported likely represents only a very small fraction of the number of actual victims.
USCCB on Separation of Children from their Parents
Increasing Prosecutions and Separating Parents From Their Children Will Not Deter Families From Seeking Safety in the U.S. Such a policy will not cure the pervasive root causes of migration existing in the Northern Triangle of Central America today. Factors such as community or state-sanctioned violence, poverty, lack of educational opportunity, forcible gang recruitment, and domestic abuse are compelling children and families to take the enormous risks of migration, including the possible additional risk of family separation at the border. These are the factors that must be addressed as we look to repair our broken immigration system.