The long wait times for the "T". in Fact, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act - the U.S. law that provides the tools to combat trafficking in persons both worldwide and national level - creates the "T", for the immigrants who were forced, defrauded, or forced into prostitution (sex trafficking) or physical labor (work traffic); but in 2016, the time that requires a visa, the "T" increased a lot, so much so that - on average - are now almost eight months. The citizenship & immigration services, u.s. (USCIS) estimate that applicants should wait from 19 to 26 months to receive the visa. "During this period, you are not allowed to work or apply for basic services, such as medical care," stresses a survivor of trafficking, who now helps victims in the state of Washington to apply for the visa. "We are talking about the years in which people are simply blocked."
The risk of asking for the visa increases. in Addition, until 2018, there was no risk in the to apply for a visa the "T". But since the USCIS has announced that applicants who were denied visas the "T" may be convened at the court for the immigration to initiate deportation proceedings, many are asking: “Why should I risk it?”. After this reform, the number of people who have applied for a visa, including the victims and their immediate family members, is down 23%. During the eight years of office of president Barack Obama, almost from 6,800 people have applied for a visa T, and more than 5,000 have been approved in that period, according to data from the USCIS. When Trump took office in 2017, over 4,000 people applied, but only 1.745 have been approved.
In 2019 only 500 concessions. In fiscal year 2019, when USCIS has received 1.242 visa applications "T", have been granted only 500. The activists who are fighting human trafficking say that the situation of visas worsens the fear and the uncertainty that their customers are already experiencing because of the political changes at the border and raids by immigration and customs enforcement, making them more vulnerable to continuing exploitation and are more reluctant to report.
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