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Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the use of force, fraud or coercion to make someone work against their will. Victims of human trafficking are often threatened with violence to themselves or their families, lured with false promises of well-paying jobs or future benefits such as green cards, told they must work for free or for little wages or to pay off debts, threatened with deportation or false arrest or are otherwise manipulated to compel labor.

Both the federal government and the New York State government have passed laws that criminalize human trafficking and provide services for victims. DIPA coordinates the New York State Department of Labor's (the Department) anti-human trafficking efforts, including receiving and investigating tips of possible trafficking, helping individuals in filing claims for back wages, providing referrals to social service agencies, and, where appropriate, providing certifications for visas for victims of certain qualifying crimes. DIPA additionally raises public awareness through outreach presentations to community organizations, workers, and employers. DIPA also participates in regional taskforces, which bring together advocates and law enforcement to coordinate responses to human trafficking.

Awareness and Prevention

To report labor trafficking, request certifications for U or T visas, or schedule a Human Trafficking awareness presentation, please call the Division of Immigrant Policies and Affairs at 877-466-9757 or E-mail


Human Trafficking Brochure

For additional information about human trafficking and the Department's anti-trafficking programs, please see the Department of Labor's Human Trafficking brochure. The brochure is also available in the following languages:

Human Trafficking Resource Card

The Department of Labor also created a pocket-sized Human Trafficking Resource Card in the following languages (Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Ukrainian, and Urdu). You can request copies of the (2" x 4") card in any of these languages through our on-line request form at:

National Human Trafficking Hotline

Call 1-888-373-7888 24 hours a day. You can also get assistance by selecting the appropriate button in the image below.

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