Each year there are thousands of cases of human trafficking in the United States alone, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline Statistics. Trafficking is when someone uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against their will. Unfortunately, anyone could be trafficked, regardless of their age, race, gender, or sexuality.
API Legal Outreach takes a survivor-centered approach to providing holistic services to survivors of human trafficking. We seek to provide survivors with knowledge, representation, and support, with the understanding that our clients know what is the best course of action for their own experience.
Anti-Trafficking Collaborative of the Bay Area
The Anti-Trafficking Collaborative of the Bay Area (ATCBA) was started in 2003 by API Legal Outreach, Asian Women’s Shelter, and Narika after decades of partnership. The goal of the ATCBA is to help adults and youth take steps that will transform them from victims to survivors and thrivers after trafficking. Through this collaborative, we provide culturally and linguistically appropriate, comprehensive legal and social services to survivors of human trafficking, regardless of gender, national origin, document status, race, or ethnicity.
Immigration Remedies for Survivors of Trafficking
In 2000, the Trafficking Victims’ Protection Act (TVPA) was passed to recognize the crime of human trafficking and to create legal remedies for survivors of trafficking, such as T or U visas. Both T visas or U visas give survivors temporary immigration relief with a pathway to adjusting to legal permanent residency. API Legal Outreach provides holistic legal and social services to trafficking survivors seeking immigration assistance.