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How do I know if I qualify as "tricked or deceived" when I came to the U.S.?

If you're asking this question you should probably discuss your case further with an attorney or not-for-profit. If any of the following apply to you, you are likely eligible:

When I came to the United States I was told I would provide childcare and would work five days a week for an agreed upon wage. Instead, I have been tricked or forced to work in some other job and am paid very little, if anything.

My employer took my identification and travel documents when I got to the U.S. I am not allowed to keep them myself and have not seen them since I arrived.

My employer told me that if I left his employment, he would use his connections to hurt my family members back home.

I work really long hours in very poor working and living conditions. I have been threatened with jail or deportation if I stop working.

Someone where I live and work is always watching my every move. My contact with the outside world is very restricted.

I’ve witnessed other people try to escape and get beaten or threatened. My employer uses these people as an “example” of what will happen to others if we try to leave. Even if you knowingly entered the country illegally, you could be a trafficking victim if you were forced or coerced into working against your will.

For more information, you can visit http://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign/human-interest-stories.

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