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Assistance Program Helps Human Trafficking Victims

Human trafficking is one of the most heinous crimes that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents investigate. Akin to modern-day slavery, victims are often forced into prostitution, involuntary labor and other forms of servitude. They are often hidden in plain sight, voiceless and scared.

ICE not only targets and apprehends human traffickers, but it also provides assistance to human trafficking victims through its Victim Assistance Program. That assistance comes in various forms like temporary immigration benefits, counseling, and more.

Recent cases include:

  • Three juveniles were part of a sex-trafficking ring and subjected to severe psychological distress. ICE’s Victim Assistance Program helped those victims navigate the social services system, access needed therapy and receive assistance with ongoing medical expenses.
  • A pimp physically abused an adult female. ICE’s Victim Assistance Program helped the victim access housing, medical care and therapy and secure a protective order against the pimp.

Individuals are encouraged to report suspicious activity in their communities by calling the ICE HSI Tip Line at 866-DHS-2-ICE.

View human trafficking PSAs on ICE.gov.