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Client had been falsely recruited by an agency to come to the US from his home country to work on a ship but instead forced to work in the kitchen of a restaurant washing dishes for 12 hours a day and living under inhumane conditions. Client was told by the traffickers that he had an enforceable ten month contract, after which he was to buy his own airfare to go back to the Philippines. Client was able to escape after several months and come to Chicago. Our attorneys determined that he had been a victim of trafficking and involuntary servitude, assisting him in cooperating with the U.S. Department of Labor in the investigation of the trafficking criminal activity. In doing so, the client qualified for U Visa certification and our attorneys were able to successfully get approval of his visa.

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