Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (VTVPA) Law and Legal Definition

Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2000 (VTVPA)is a federal statute passed by the U.S Congress in 2000 to combat trafficking in persons, especially into the sex trade, slavery, and involuntary servitude, and to reauthorize certain Federal programs to prevent violence against immigrant women and children. It offers protections for persons who may be victims of human trafficking. The Act creates nonimmigrant classes of admission allowing temporary status to individuals in the United States who are or have been victims of a severe form of trafficking or who have suffered substantial physical or mental abuse as victims of criminal activity. The Act also affords these classes the same immigrant benefits as refugees, with allowance for adjustment to permanent resident status.