DHS Can't Escape Sex Trafficking Victim's T Visa Suit

By Rae Ann Varona (August 18, 2022, 6:55 PM EDT) — An Illinois federal judge on Thursday denied the government’s request to toss a lawsuit lodged by an alleged sex trafficking victim, saying it overlooked a provision concerning who was authorized to grant inadmissibility waivers to trafficking victim visa applicants.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services had made the request after a woman claiming to have been lured from Mexico City by sex traffickers accused USCIS of wrongly denying her nonimmigrant T Visa application when an immigration judge waived the grounds that made her inadmissible to the United States. The department and the agency argued in…