Human Trafficking

Harvesting grapes

Our organization has been leading the fight against human trafficking in agriculture for over 30 years. In 2001, we brought the first case of human trafficking to be prosecuted by the U.S. government under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act – the Maria Garcia Botello case (under our previous name, Farmworker Legal Services of New York).

Since 2005, we have been at the table of the Western New York Human Trafficking Taskforce, assisting federal agencies with the investigation of cases and the development of strategies/protocols which have shaped the approach of government in dealing with human trafficking in Upstate New York. Additionally, we have assisted with the formation of other taskforces in other states, trained law enforcement, federal agents, and NGO’s in identifying human trafficking and creating networks for successfully developing cases against traffickers. We are currently helping to develop new ways for government and non-government organizations to interview potential witnesses under a victim-sensitive approach model.

Having presented our work nationally and internationally, our staff and organization have gained respect and recognition as the leader in investigations of human trafficking in agriculture. We are now expanding our focus to other industries, both urban and rural.

Below you can find links to the website of NGO’s and Law Enforcement agencies that have been involved with us in the fight against Human Trafficking in NY State:

http://www.iibuff.org
http://www.safehorizon.org
http://www.fbi.gov
http://www.nysheriffs.org/orleanssheriff
http://www.justice.gov/usao/
http://www.erie.gov/sheriff
http://www.vrcfl.org
http://www.ecbavlp.com

For any referral, consultation, assistance, or presentation request, please contact our human trafficking specialist Renan Salgado.