Thursday, March 17, 2011

Webinar: "How U- and T-Visas can Assist Trafficking Victims"

HHS Rescue & Restore to Host WebEx Training:

“How T and U visas Can Assist Trafficking Victims

Thursday, March 24, 2011

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is hosting a series of free, online WebEx training sessions on a variety of topics related to human trafficking. The information session on Thursday, March 24, will focus on T visas and U visas for trafficking victims and address the following:

· Who can apply for a T or U visa;

· How to obtain a T or U visa;

· The benefits of T and U visas for trafficking victims; and

· Access to federally funded benefits and services via the T visa.


Ms. Rosemary Hartman, Adjudications Officer, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

Mr. Scott Whelan, Adjudications Officer, Office of Policy and Strategy, USCIS, DHS

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) offers protection for trafficking victims by allowing foreign victims of severe forms of trafficking in persons to apply to DHS for immigration relief, including the T nonimmigrant status (T visa) or U nonimmigrant status (U visa).

In her role at USCIS, Ms. Hartmann manages policy development and implementation of immigration relief for victims of human trafficking, the T and U nonimmigrant status, and the Special Immigrant Juvenile status for abused, abandoned and neglected immigrant minors. Mr. Whelan manages policy development and implementation of immigration relief for victims of human trafficking and other qualifying crimes through the U nonimmigrant status.

How to Register:

To register for the Thursday, March 24th, 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) training session, please click on the link below (or place it into your Internet browser):

Multiple participants from an organization are encouraged to register one individual for the session; participants can view the training through one computer and a speaker phone.

For those of you not familiar with WebEx trainings, all you need is access to a computer, the Internet, and your phone. After you register, the WebEx system will send you a confirmation e-mail with login information for both the web and the teleconference portions. Please save the confirmation email because it includes the following information:

Toll-free phone number and participant passcode for the audio portion of the training session; and

Web site link and passcode (same as the phone passcode) so you can view the PowerPoint (ppt) presentation as it is being presented. The ppt will advance automatically during the training session.

As part of the WebEx session, you can ask the presenter questions. Once on the call, the technician will guide you on how to ask questions orally. The speaker will answer questions during the last 15 minutes of the presentation.

We look forward to your participation!


Maggie Wynne

Director, Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division

Rescue & Restore

National Human Trafficking Resource Center • 1-888-3737-888

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