KIRO 7 - New Help For Abused Immigrants

SEATTLE - A 34-year-old woman doesn't want her teenage daughter to know what she has been through. 

“I don't have any rest, everyday I'm working, and then since I get up until midnight in the evening I'm still working there,” she said in an interview. She is going by the name Ariane because she doesn't want to use her real name.

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Today at the headquarters of the immigrant advocacy group OneAmerica, U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez announced the Obama administration will expand access to the special T and U visas available to victims of sex or labor trafficking.

“Our survivors need all the help they can get. And we need more help than just these expansive services, but it is certainly a step in the right direction,” said Molly Harper Haines, the interim co-director of API-Chaya. The Seattle organization serves Asian Pacific Islander immigrants who have been abused.

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