Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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Human Trafficking

Human trafficking and abuse in foreign labor recruitment

Advancing Justice-LA provides legal services to victims and survivors of human trafficking and to individuals who have experienced problems with agencies and employers that recruit workers to work in the United States.

We may be able to assist you if:

  • Someone made you work by lying to you, tricking you, holding a debt over you, taking your passport, and/or threatening to hurt you or your family or report you to the police or to immigration, or

  • You experienced problems with an agency or individual that recruited you to move to the United States for work.

Please call our legal hotlines if you need legal help for any of these problems.

Highlights of Our Work

The L'Amande Bakery workers and their families, Congressman Ted Lieu, and Advancing Justice-LA staff at a press conference in June 2016 discussing the T visas that Advancing Justice-LA obtained for the workers and their families.

In 2016, Advancing Justice-LA and its pro bono co-counsel Latham & Watkins LLP obtained a $15.2 million judgment in favor of a group of eleven Filipino workers who were trafficked to the United States to work at L’Amande Bakery, high-end French bakeries in Southern California owned by Ana Moitinho de Almeida and her husband Gonçalo Mointinho de Almeida. The workers were fraudulently lured by their employer to the United States from the Philippines on E-2 visas and then subjected to abusive and exploitative working conditions, including workdays as long as 17 hours and wages as low as three dollars an hour. The Almeidas used threats of debt, deportation, and financial ruin in the Philippines to maintain their economic exploitation of the workers. After the workers arrived in the United States, the Almeidas threatened them with a significant debt of $11,000 each unless they agreed to work under these illegal conditions for at least three years. Advancing Justice-LA also obtained for all of the workers T visas, which provides victims of human trafficking temporary legal status and work authorization and allows them to bring their families to the U.S.


Need legal help? Call 888.349.9695



ត្រូវការជំនួយជាភាសាខ្មែរ: 800.867.3126

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Our helplines prioritize assistance to low-income persons in the following areas of law: discrimination, family, immigration, public benefits, employment, housing, and civil rights. 

English: 888.349.9695
中文: 800.520.2356
한글: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552
ภาษาไทย: 800.914.9583
Tiếng Việt: 714.477.2958


Our mission is to advocate for civil rights, provide legal services and education, and build coalitions to positively influence and impact Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders and to create a more equitable and harmonious society.