Human Trafficking and H-2 Temporary Worker Visas

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H-2 temporary lower-skilled workers are one of the largest groups of temporary foreign workers in the country. While not all temporary workers are trafficked, cases involving lower-skilled H-2 visa workers constitute some of the largest-ever criminal and civil human trafficking cases in U.S. history. This policy paper discusses the vulnerabilities caused by the nature of the H-2 visa and provides recommendations on enforcing labor protections.