Media Note
Washington, DC
June 23, 2009


The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs and the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons are pleased to announce that a pamphlet aimed at preventing the trafficking and exploitation of non-immigrant visa holders is now available.

Following Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s call last week for enhanced partnerships to combat human trafficking, the Department of State, in close consultation with other U.S. Government agencies and leading non-governmental organizations, released a new pamphlet conveying the legal rights, protections, and available resources for individuals applying for certain nonimmigrant visas. Seeking to uphold the dignity of all who come to the United States, the Department of State is providing certain employment- and education-based visa applicants with information on their legal rights under Federal immigration, labor, and employment laws, and highlights the availability of services for victims of human trafficking and exploitation in the United States.

Demonstrating the strong U.S. commitment to combating human trafficking and labor rights violations, and consistent with Trafficking Victims Protection Act mandates, this pamphlet is being distributed to all U.S. Embassies and Consulates, where consular officers across the globe will ensure that visa applicants have received the pamphlet and understand its contents. Currently the pamphlet is available in English; it will be translated into Spanish, Arabic, Bulgarian, Dutch, Filipino (Tagalog), Indonesian, Portuguese, Romanian, Sinhala, and Ukrainian. The pamphlet now is posted on http://travel.state.gov/visa/questions/questions_4413.html and will be posted on other Federal Government websites.

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PRN: 2009/635