Eligibility for Child Victims of Human Trafficking

Office on Trafficking in Persons

Mission Statement


A foreign national child victim of human trafficking under the age of 18 is eligible for federal and state benefits and services to the same extent as a refugee upon issuance of an Interim Assistance Letter or Eligibility Letter by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents who are victims of a severe form of human trafficking do not need to obtain certification from HHS in order to access specialized services for victims of trafficking or any other federal benefits and protections to which they are entitled.

Access the fact sheets to learn more about the Eligibility process. The Program Instruction provides information on the issuance of Eligibility Letters on or after the applicant's 18th birthday.