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Trafficking in Persons

The Department of Labor has an important role to play in combating trafficking in persons through our civil enforcement of federal labor laws, our research and funding for grants overseas, and our employment and training expertise. Through the Wage and Hour Division’s civil enforcement in particular, DOL partners with federal law enforcement agencies around the identification and referral of potential instances of trafficking in persons and the calculation of restitution amounts for victims. The Wage and Hour Division also strategically approaches enforcement efforts by focusing on industries where labor law violation rates are high and vulnerable low wage workers are often reluctant to assert their rights and raise their voices.

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