Charts Cover Letter to DHS: U Visa Certifications in Employment Based Abuse Cases (Oct. 2016) [pdf]

This letter to the DHS details the origin and purpose of comprehensive charts tracking state laws on forced labor, involuntary servitude, slavery, slave trade, and peonage and identifying the qualifying criminal activities on the U visa list that are contained within these state statutes. The goal of these charts is to provide a tool that will assist U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) officials in adjudicating U visa cases involving U visa criminal activity and similar activities occurring in the workplace to help increase DHS adjudicators’ understanding of the state statutes that define these criminal activities.