Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Stop Illegal Human Trafficking

Human trafficking between the United States and Mexico borders are tied to political, social and economic issues. Father Rafael Garcia of Sacred Heart Church looking at the issue commented; “As the pastor here, I am able to meet with a lot of people who probably prefer to stay with their family in Mexico, but they come to support their families and to seek a better life. It is important that we don’t look at this on a superficial level, but recognize that it’s about survival” (Humantrafficking.org). Some of the approaches to combat human trafficking are prevention, protection, prosecution, and reintegration.
The Mexican politicians demand visas for their citizens, but US consulates located in Mexico aren’t providing visas presently. The Department of Homeland Security estimates that a “substantial” percentage of America’s illegal population in made up of visas overstays their range from 23 to 57 percent. A person who stays in the United States later becomes eligible to legalize their status.
The T-1 visa was created to address the growing of international human trafficking and is designated for victims of trafficking. Provides a trafficking victim with the legal means to prevent removal or deportation from the United States,  T-1 visas are issued for three years, and some are eligible to adjust status to permanent residency. Persons eligible are those trafficked for the purpose of commercial sex act, and labor of services, which were induced by force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjecting the person to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slave. (ansarilawfirm.com) Shelter and rehabilitation services are provided for victims of trafficking.
Victims of human trafficking face major problems being reintegrated into their homes. Social stigma through psychological therapies will be overcome. The Department of Health and Human Services created Tool Kits for Health Care Providers, Social Service Providers, and Law Enforcements Officers who are currently providing service to victims of trafficking, or who could potentially come into contact with a victim. In the United States of America the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, enhances pre-existing criminal penalties in other related laws. Under this law one option has become available to for some victims who assist in the prosecution of their traffickers is the “T-Visa” that allows the victim to remain in the United States. (humantrafficking.org)
Unfortunately, human trafficking is an international issue that the United States and Mexico borders are facing today. The illegal immigration issue needs more attention, since immigrants are dying. The T-1 visa is an opportunity to speak up, let others know about the process and requirements. Not everyone qualifies, but if we can save at least one person from torture, rape, or dying, we have accomplished something. People need knowledgeable information, and be educated, with available resources on the steps of obtaining a visa.

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