OSHA's Worker Rights and Protections

Ensure ICE/ERO Protects Victims and Supports Investigations

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The Advocates for Human Rights recommends DOL set-up and follow procedures for collaboration with ERO/ICE, which focus on the rights of victims and ensuring witness protections. In our experience, DOL ability to investigate has been impinged by ICE/ERO actions that apprehend victims, re-traumatizing them and making investigations/support more challenging due to possible deportation. DOL should work with ICE officials to ensure proper screening of all detainees for possible trafficking victims and create systems to allow DOL access to victims. DOL should advocate to ensure ICE provides continued presence to victims and does not continue to pursue removal in cases of trafficking victims.

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Idea No. 79