National Judicial Network Webinar (October 10, 2023) – Identifying Human Trafficking in Domestic Violence Relationships: How OTIP Letters and Certifications Can Enhance Access to Public Benefits and Services for Survivors of Trafficking and Their Children

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Identifying human trafficking within domestic violence improves victim safety and also expedites protection, work authorization, and victims’ access to public benefits. This webinar will offer tips and tools to identify human trafficking by intimate partners and family members, discuss new DHS policies on domestic violence and involuntary servitude, and explore how survivors and their children benefit from being identified as victims of human trafficking. Expert staff from the HHS Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) will discuss federal trafficking definitions, the benefits and services foreign-born victims of sex and labor trafficking receive through OTIP certification letters and child trafficking victim eligibility letters, and interim assistance that may be available to child trafficking victims.
This webinar aims to assist professionals in promptly identifying trafficking victims, enabling them to access state and federal public benefits and to receive case management support from OTIP.


  • Lauren Devine, Child Trafficking Prevention and Protection Coordinator, OTIP, HHS
  • Elizabeth Mitaro, Child Welfare and Protection Specialist, OTIP, HHS
  • Leslye E. Orloff, Adjunct Professor and Director, NIWAP, American University Washington College of Law
  • Ana Isabel Vallejo, Assistant Dean of Experiential Learning & Administration, Benjamin L. Crump School of Law, St. Thomas University
  • Commissioner Loretta Young, New Castle County Family Court, State of Delaware

This project was supported by Grant No. 15JOVW-21-GK-02208-MUMU awarded by the Office onViolence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, andrecommendations expressed in this program are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect theviews of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. This training is also supported byGrant No. SJI-22-T-037 from the State Justice Institute. The points of view expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the State Justice Institute.

Judicial officers attending this webinar are encouraged to join the National Judicial Network, a forum on human trafficking and immigration in state courts for peer-to-peer learning opportunities for member state court judges.

Training Materials, Tools, Publications, and Government Resources 

Office of Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) 

 Child Eligibility Resources 

Adult Trafficking Victim Eligibility Resources 

  • Trafficking Victim Assistance Program (TVAP): TVAP can provide case management services to assist foreign national adults pursuing a T-Visa or Continued Presence in the U.S.
  • Adult Certification Process

HHS OTIP Policies 

Aspire: Child Trafficking Assistance Demonstration Program

Aspire can provide case management services to assist foreign national children and youth with Interim Assistance and Eligibility Letters, including support with benefits enrollment.

Human Trafficking Occurring in Domestic and Family Violence Relationships 

Public Benefits Eligibility for Immigrant Trafficking and Domestic Violence Survivors 

Screening for Human Trafficking and Immigration Relief for Eligible Victims 

Continued Presence 

U and T Visa Certification 

Toolkits, Bench Cards, Fact Sheets 

T Visas and T Visa Declarations 

Labor Trafficking and the U Visa 

Human Trafficking Training Materials 

DHS Immigration Policies – Victim Centered Approach 

Human Trafficking Research 

Human Trafficking in the State Courts Collaborative  

Materials from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services: Office of Policy and Strategy  

Informative Pamphlets Appropriate for Public Distribution

Informative Materials for Judges and Law Enforcement

 Relevant USCIS Public Webpages or Policy Manual Chapters:

Webinars for Judges, Lawyers and Service Providers  


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