This immigrant was certified as a victim of human trafficking. But she could still be deported

The Department of Labor has concluded that she is a victim of human trafficking who must be protected. But she has been locked up for months under the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

News Story (Florida)

Brenda Medina
Miami Herald
October 26, 2017

Organizations mentioned/involved: Advocacy Partners Team (FL), VIDA Legal Assistance


Since her detention four months ago, lawyers for two non-profit organizations have been trying to win her release while her labor exploitation case is pending. But an immigration judge had repeatedly denied bond, ruling that she is a flight risk because of a theft accusation pending in Miami — filed by the family that once employed her.

In August, the Department of Labor issued a ruling that certified that Ana was indeed the victim of “a severe form of human trafficking.”