Bloomberg Law
June 24, 2019, 10:15 AM

Human Trafficking Victims Blocked from Visas by Trump Wage Boss

Ben Penn
Ben Penn

The Trump administration has stalled a critical pathway to protect vulnerable workers, thanks to a new Labor Department moratorium on processing visa applications for victims of human trafficking and other egregious workplace crimes.

Cheryl Stanton, who assumed office April 29 as head of the Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, in early May suspended her agency’s role in certifying visas that grant temporary status to immigrants who were illegally trafficked to the U.S. or face other forms of severe mental and physical abuse. Delays in processing the visas protecting people who aid law enforcement could step on White House efforts ...

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