Human Trafficking

If you are experiencing human trafficking and need immediate assistance, please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.

Ayuda serves hundreds of survivors of human trafficking each year in our legal and social services programs. Unique in our ability to serve men, women, and children throughout VA, MD, and DC, with experience serving survivors of both labor and commercial sex trafficking, Ayuda has a depth of expertise in serving trafficking survivors.

Ayuda Social Services Anti-Trafficking Program:

Trafficking survivors served through Ayuda’s social services program have access to comprehensive case management, therapy, emergency assistance, referrals for housing, medical, and other needs, obtaining food and clothing, and assistance with enrolling in English language courses, computer courses, GED courses and job training programs.

Ayuda Legal Anti-Trafficking Program:

Through Ayuda’s legal services program, survivors of trafficking have access to competent and compassionate representation in their immigration matters at all stages of the process, from assistance with reporting human trafficking to relevant law enforcement authorities to removal proceedings to T Visas to U.S. citizenship applications and a range of other immigration matters.

In addition, many survivors of human trafficking have also been targets of fraudulent schemes involving immigration legal services fraud or other scams specifically targeting immigrant community members. In such cases, survivors may also receive services through Ayuda’s one-of-a-kind Project END to report fraud and/or seek restitution.

Ayuda’s case managers and lawyers speak Spanish, French, Portuguese, and a variety of other languages. Additionally, through Ayuda’s Language Access Program, Ayuda staff work with trained interpreters to ensure that trafficking survivors are able to access services in their language of choice.

Ayuda prides itself on providing culturally-specific, trauma-informed services to all of our clients, including survivors of human trafficking.

Anti-Trafficking Program 2021 Impact

T-visas and T-visa derivatives secured for survivors of trafficking and their relatives

Trafficking survivors supported through Ayuda's social services program

Ayuda's Response to Busing of Migrants

Since April 2022, Ayuda has been working to help coordinate the humanitarian response as the governors of Texas and Arizona continue to send thousands of migrants on buses to Washington, D.C.

We are providing culturally and linguistically specific legal, social and language access services to newly arriving migrants. These services include case management and intake support, interpretation, as well as the provision of food, clothing, hygiene kits, prepaid cell phones, medical supplies, and paid shelter.

Our legal team is providing individualized legal orientations for migrants explaining the immigration system and helping them be aware of their rights and responsibilities.  

“Immigrants are first and foremost, human beings. They deserve respect and compassion, and Ayuda will continue to do what we do best – provide holistic support to those in need in our communities.” - Paula Fitzgerald, Executive Director

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