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Anti-Human-Trafficking Services

We help foreign-born survivors of human trafficking and their families find freedom, peace, and hope through our wraparound services and robust referral network.

Human Trafficking Affects Millions

It is estimated that there are 40 million survivors of human trafficking around the world.

A person may be a survivor of human trafficking if they have been deceived about a work opportunity, are unable to leave that work situation, and are being exploited economically. Human trafficking is considered a modern form of enslavement.

Working together to protect, liberate, and support survivors of human trafficking, our Immigration Legal Services (ILS) and Refugee Services programs offer assistance, including case management, immigration relief, and emotional support to help our clients recover from the trauma of human trafficking.

If you’re a survivor of human trafficking and need assistance with your case, Catholic Charities of Oregon offers a wide variety of services:

  • Needs assessments
  • Immigration Legal Services [LINK]
  • Individualized case management
  • Mental and emotional support through our Intercultural Counseling Center
  • Financial support
  • Assistance accessing housing, food, clothing, health care, safety planning, transportation, and other public benefits.
In addition to our programs and services, we can help you access our community resource referral network:
  • Immigration Legal Services [LINK]
  • Physical, mental, and emotional health services
  • Food assistance
  • Employment training
  • English-language-learner (ELL) classes

Depending on your needs, our ILS or Refugee Services teams may be able to refer you to services offered through our other Catholic Charities programs and partner organizations.

Who qualifies for our Anti-Human-Trafficking services?
  • People born outside the United States who are survivors of human trafficking within the United States
  • Children born outside the United States who are survivors of human trafficking in their countries of origin

Get help now

Receive a referral for the Trafficking Victims Assistance Program (TVAP)

The United States Department of Health and Human Services Trafficking Victim Assistance Program (TVAP) supports foreign-born victims of severe forms of trafficking, including derivative family members and minor children of victims. Clients seeking T-Visas through Catholic Charities’ ILS team may be eligible for TVAP services, which can be rendered for up to one year.

To receive a referral for TVAP through Catholic Charities of Oregon, individuals must meet the following requirements:
    • Client must be foreign-born, living in the U.S., and identify as a victim of trafficking seeking their T-Visa.
    • If client has received their stamped certification from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the date of issue must be less than one year prior.

If you have legal questions, would like to schedule a consultation, or need a referral, please call us at (503) 542-2855 or immigrationemail@ccoregon.org.

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Who Qualifies for Our Program?

  • People born outside the United States who are survivors of human trafficking within the United States
  • Children born outside the United States who are survivors of human trafficking in their countries of origin

Available Services

  • Individualized case management
  • Emotional support
  • Safety planning
  • Access to a community resource referral network for…
    • Legal services
    • Physical and mental health
    • Food assistance
    • Employment training
    • English as a second language (ESL) classes

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