Exchange Program Seeks To Nix Human Trafficking Sanctions

Law360 (April 4, 2018, 4:24 PM EDT) -- A student exchange program urged a California federal judge Tuesday to find that the U.S. Department of State abused its discretion when it imposed sanctions against the program for its alleged involvement in human trafficking, arguing the department ignored "significant evidence" pointing to the contrary.

ASSE International Inc. argued that the State Department's Office of Exchange Coordination and Compliance ignored an earlier department report concluding that Noriko Amari, a Japanese exchange visitor that ASSE sponsored to work at a restaurant in Hawaii, was not a victim of trafficking. Instead, the report had suggested that Amari was unlawfully attempting to gain T...

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