Victim of Severe Trafficking
(01/01/22 – 12/31/22)
A victim of severe trafficking also known as a Trafficking Victim is certified by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) to have been subjected to one of the following:
Commercial sex acts
Debt bondage
Involuntary servitude
The following apply to trafficking victims:
They are not considered refugees by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
USCIS Arrival / Departure documents are not required
The Trafficking Victim Protection Act of 2000 gives trafficking victims eligibility for the same benefits as refugees
A victim of severe human trafficking is potentially eligible for NA and CA.
A certified victim and the immediate family members of severe trafficking who are later granted Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) status are potentially eligible for NA and CA based on their previous status.
Trafficking victims may also qualify for benefits provided by the Refugee Resettlement Program. Trafficking Victim cases, regardless of their country of origin, must be seen by the FAA Refugee Offices during their first 12 months in the U.S. After the first 12 months are completed, trafficking victim cases must be processed at any FAA office.
NOTE The refugee office staff are the only staff that key the RE Citizenship code on IDCI. In order to keep track of these cases, they also set a free form ACTS Alert for the month after the end of the 12th month. After 12 months, the refugee unit staff change the citizenship code for trafficking victims to EA and move the case out of their caseload.