Congress passed the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (VTVPA) in order to provide individuals who have been victimized in the most severe fashion with the ability to remain in the US (temporarily and in some cases longer) and receive federal and state assistance.
The government can also provide protection for certain crime victims including victims of crimes against women.
Those who may be interested in this information include:
- victims of a severe form of trafficking and non-governmental entities who may be working with such victims;
- law enforcement officers so that they may better understand who is considered a victim of a severe form of trafficking; and
- the general public on how the US Government will pursue traffickers of persons.