Human Trafficking Explained

Assignment: Attend this press conference on April 28 to learn more about human trafficking crimes against immigrants.
File a report for the Morning Blend.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Federal immigration officials will hold a media availability Tuesday to get out the message about assistance for immigrants who are victims of human trafficking, domestic violence and other serious crimes. The speakers, including representatives of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), will also hold training and outreach for law enforcement and community groups to give them tools to help victims become survivors.

Officials will explain how traffickers lure vulnerable men, women and minors with false promises of a better life, only to enslave and abuse them. They will also explain how victims of crime can find help, including assistance with immigration matters. The news conference will include a question and answer session and one-on-one opportunities. More information about immigration benefits for victims is available at http://www.uscis.gov/humantrafficking.

In the last 18 months alone, USCIS has held 21 national webinars for more than 4,000 law enforcement officers, community groups, and practitioners. In addition, USCIS officials have traveled to more than 30 cities in a multi-year drive to educate the public, emergency responders, law enforcement officers, health care professionals and community advocacy groups about programs to protect victims.

WHO: Amany Ezeldin, Adjudications Officer (Policy), USCIS Office of Policy and Strategy,
Washington, D.C.
Mike Netherland, Special Agent-in-Charge, HSI St. Paul
WHEN: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 11:00 a.m. (Please allow 15 minutes to clear security)

WHERE: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
2901 Metro Dr.
Bloomington, MN 55425

CONTACTS: Tim Counts, USCIS Public Affairs Officer
Office: 952-853-2827; cell: 952-232-7971; email Tim.Counts@dhs.gov
Shawn Neudauer, ICE Public Affairs Officer
Office: 612-843-8985; cell: 952-250-7133; email Shawn.A.Neudauer@ice.dhs.gov

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