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CASE NAME:Linda Velez v. Betsy Sanchez
ALL PLAINTIFFS:Linda Velez
ALL DEFENDANTS:Betsy Sanchez, Yolanda Munoz, Shari Munoz
CITATION:754 F. Supp. 2d 488
DOCKET NUMBER:04-CV-4797 (FB) (CLP)
SOURCE:Lexis Search
TYPE OF CASE:Civil
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Judge
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Frederic Block
YEAR OF ARREST:2003
YEAR OF VERDICT:2010
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:New York
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Eastern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Minor
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Ecuador
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:B-1/B-2 visa
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):3
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Domestic Servant
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FIRST CLAIM:(involuntary servitude
FIRST CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. 1581, 1584, 41 U.S.C. 1994
FIRST CLAIM RESULT:Dismissed
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SECOND CLAIM:violations of the Alien Tort Statute
SECOND CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:28 U.S.C. 1350
SECOND CLAIM RESULT:Dismissed
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THIRD CLAIM:Violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act
THIRD CLAIM US/STATE CODE CITATION:29 U.S.C. 206(a)
THIRD CLAIM RESULT:Dismissed
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SUMMARY:Victim Linda Velez asserted that she was trafficked from Ecuador at age 16 to work in the household of her step sister Betsy Sanchez. Sanchez promised Velez that she would be allowed to attend high school in the United States, and that she would pay Velez $80 per week in exchange for helping to take care of Sanchez's children. Once Velez arrived in the United States, however, Sanchez did not permit her to attend high school, and nor did she pay her the promised weekly wage. She did, however, pay for an English class, a GED course, and at least one community college course for Velez; Velez was able to travel to these classes freely and also visited the public library independently. Sanchez also assisted Velez in obtaining a tax identification number. After two years at the Sanchez household, Velez left. She claimed that she did not leave earlier because she felt that she had nowhere to go besides going back to Ecuador.
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