Foreign national adults in the United States who have been subjected to a severe forms of trafficking in persons are eligible for certain benefits and services under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act. HHS Certification Letters let individuals who have experienced trafficking and meet certain eligibility rules apply for the same benefits and services as refugees.
U.S. citizens or Lawful Permanent Residents who have experienced trafficking do not need HHS Letters to be eligible for similar services. You can contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline for further assistance.
Assisting an adult?
We issue Certification Letters to foreign national adults who have experienced trafficking after receiving notice from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security granting a person Continued Presence, or a T visa, or that a bona fide T visa application has not been denied.*
Contact us to assist a foreign national adult by email or 866-401-5510.
*A bona fide T visa application is different from an application receipt from USCIS/DHS. A bona fide T visa application is a formal notice from USCIS/DHS that the application has been through initial review and was found to be complete, properly filed, contains proper evidence, and is clear of fraud. An application receipt from USCIS/DHS does not make an individual eligible. A foreign national adult must have Continued Presence, a T Visa, or a bona fide T Visa application to request an HHS Certification letter. Learn more about bona fide determinations on the USCIS website.
Assisting a minor? Learn about Eligibility Letters.
Already received a letter?
- Trafficking Victim Assistance Program grantees can provide case management services to assist foreign nationals with HHS certification and enrollment in benefits.
- ORR State Refugee Coordinators can help navigate state-specific benefits questions.
- The National Human Trafficking Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for technical assistance and service referrals. Call 1-888-373-7888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family members of individuals who have experienced trafficking that have their own derivative T visas (T-2 through T-6) are immediately eligible for benefits and services to the same extent as refugees. They do not need any letter from HHS.
Published: April 30, 2018The increase in Certification Letter recipients mirrors the growth of HHS anti-trafficking programs to identify victims of human trafficking and assist them in
Published: December 26, 2017This chart shows Certification & Eligibility Letters issued through FY17.
Published: May 10, 2016The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides assistance to victims of human trafficking in the United States, guided by the Trafficking