Our agency has been approved by the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) as a Trafficking Victim Assistance Program (TVAP) provider. Catholic Charities will provide case management services for foreign national survivors of human trafficking and help survivors obtain their Heartland Human Services (HHS) Certification or T-VISA.
Executive Director Amy Bloch, LISW, states, “We are thankful to be declared a provider of TVAP services within our Siouxland community. We humbly and in earnest, take on this advocacy role.”
Under TVAP, survivors receive emergency assistance, housing, safety planning, basic needs, health, legal, education, employment and language assistance to help transition to a dignified life. In addition, once obtaining the HHS Certification a survivor attains access to resources and assistance to the same extent as refugees.
Victims of a severe form of human trafficking are allowed T non-immigrant status to remain up to four years in the United States. Not only do such T-visas offer protection to the victims, they also strengthen law enforcement’s ability to investigate and prosecute human traffickers.
Catholic Charities and the other TVAP providers across the nation offer trauma-informed, person-centered, comprehensive case management services. “The true intent of TVAP is to help survivors rebuild their lives, turning tragedy into prosperity.” says Amy Bloch.