Each year, hundreds of thousands of guest workers from around the world will enter the U.S. on a myriad of temporary work visas. Many of these guest workers are at the mercy of a single employer for both their job and their legal status in the U.S., making them especially vulnerable to human trafficking. Our latest report Human Trafficking on Temporary Work Visas spotlights how human traffickers are weaponizing structural flaws within the temporary work visa system.
A bipartisan group of congressional leaders introduced the Visa Transparency Anti-Trafficking Act, a bill that will help to shed light on the nation’s guest worker programs. The legislation would require that basic information about guest worker programs, including the employer, occupation, and wage rate of every guest worker in the nation, be collected by the various agencies involved in regulating these programs, and would make that data available to the public through a central database.
We need your help to call on both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to each pass a bill that ensures greater transparency in temporary visa programs.