Welcome back to our discussion of the protective measures available to women under immigration law. In part one of this series, we discussed the reasons that special provisions were established for the female population as they are at an increased risk to be the victims of violence and trafficking, and are not afforded the same rights as male counterparts in most parts of the world. And, we also reviewed the U visa available to victims of certain crimes. Join us in part two of this two-part series as we continue the discussion and review T visas and VAWA visas.
REMOVING IMMIGRATION FROM AN ABUSER’S WEAPON CACHE
Visa for victims of human trafficking — T visa
The U visa and the T visa were both created as part of the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000. The U visa is for those people who have been victims of crimes and is restricted to 10,000 issued visas annually. The T visa is reserved specifically for those who have been victims of human trafficking and are in the United States as a result of trafficking. Annually, the federal government will grant 5,000 T visas.