Sep 16, 2011

Immigration Realities: Major Boost in Trafficking and Crime Victims Visa Applications

Fox News Latino: "The number of trafficking and crime victims applying for special visas has significantly spiked, Immigration enforcement assured on Thursday.

More than 13,000 crime victims have applied for the visas so far this fiscal year, up at least 28 percent from a year earlier, according to statistics provided by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. About 860 trafficking victims have applied, a 51 percent increase.

Many victims say they learned about the visas — known as "T-" and "U-visas" — from local law enforcement, said Lynn Boudreau, assistant director of the agency's Vermont Service Center, which processes victims' applications."

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