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Services for New Americans

Trafficking Victim Assistance Program (TVAP)

Funded in part by a grant from the Office on Trafficking in Persons within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), LSSNCA is an affiliate of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) national Trafficking Victims Assistance Program (TVAP) network. Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area (LSSNCA) provides case management and additional services to those waiting for their trafficking visa certification which entitles them to benefits. 

Victims of human trafficking aren’t eligible for benefits while they await their renewable Trafficking visa (T visa) and certification, but once they are, they are entitled to the same federal and state benefits and services as a refugee. Foreign victims of severe trafficking under the age of 18 years old do not need to be certified to receive benefits and services.

LSSNCA provides support in the following ways:

  • Mental health evaluations and trauma screening
  • Trauma-informed person-centered case management
  • Supporting eligibility certification request process
  • Facilitating timely access to benefits, services and community support
  • Ensuring survivors are in safe, stable homes

If you or someone you know is waiting for their T visa or certification and needs assistance contact us.