Trafficking & Crime Victims Assistance Program (CW)

Who can use this service?

Victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes who are not eligible for state or Federally-funded benefits and services due to immigration status or those victims awaiting Federal benefits may use this service.
TCVAP provides critical benefits and services to non-citizen victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, and other serious crimes. These services include:

  • Cash assistance
  • Food assistance
  • Medical assistance
  • Social services
  • Employment services  

These services are in place to assist the client with social adjustment and facilitate self-sufficiency while they are working with law enforcement on their case, working with a service provider, or seeking immigration relief.  TCVAP benefits and services are also available to the client's eligible family members. Clients must meet income and resource requirements for each benefit.

Is there a charge for this service?

This service is provided free of charge.

What is the process?

Step 1: Apply for TCVAP Services

To apply for the Trafficking & Crime Victims Assistance Program, the applicant needs to apply for the CalWORKs Program. 


To apply online at MyBenefits or contact your local Social Services office to apply in person, Monday-Friday, between 8:00 am-5:00 pm.


  • Paso Robles (805) 237-3110
  • Atascadero (805) 461-600
  • Morro Bay (805) 772-6405
  • San Luis Obispo (805) 781-1600
  • Arroyo Grande (805) 474-2000
  • Nipomo (805) 931-1800

Step 2: Submitting Evidence to Appropriate Agencies

Applicants will need to attend an in-person interview at the Social Services office nearest their home.  At the interview, the applicant will need to share that he/she or a family member has been a victim of trafficking or crime. 


Applicants need to provide proof of being a trafficking victim by submitting evidence from police, government agency, court records, domestic violence program, copy of completed T Visa application (Form I-914), or legal, clinical, medical, or other professional from whom applicant has sought assistance in dealing with crime. This proof can be provided at the interview if it is available or the case worker will request that the proof be provided before eligibility can be determined. 


Non-citizen victims of crime and their eligible family members in the TCVAP are potentially eligible for benefits and services to the same extent as refugees.

When and where is this service offered?

You can apply online at or contact your local Social Services office, open Monday-Friday 8:00 am-5:00 pm (Closed on County-observed holidays).

Location, directions and hours of operation

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Morro Bay Social Services

Monday - Friday 8-5

600 Quintana Road Morro Bay , CA 93442

Tel: (805) 772-6405

Fax: (805) 772-6409

SLO Social Services- Higuera

Monday - Friday 8-5

3433 South Higuera San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Tel: (805) 781-1600

Arroyo Grande Social Services

Monday - Friday 8-5

1086 East Grand Avenue Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Tel: (805) 474-2000

Nipomo Social Services

Monday - Friday 8-5

681 West Tefft Street Suite 1 Nipomo, CA 93444

Tel: (805) 931-1800

Atascadero Social Services

Monday - Friday 8-5

9415 El Camino Real Atascadero, CA 93422

Tel: (805) 461-6000

Paso Robles Social Services

Monday - Friday 8-5

406 Spring Street Paso Robles, CA 93446

Tel: (805) 237-3110

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the Trafficking and Crimes Victims Assistance Program for?

TCVAP is a cash assistance program for non-citizen victims of crime who are in need of immediate services, and who are obtaining a legal humanitarian status or assisting in the prosecution of a crime. This includes victims of human trafficking who have not yet been certified by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), victims of domestic violence, and other serious crimes.

What is Human Trafficking?

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where perpetrators profit from the sexual exploitation and/or forced labor of men, women and children. It is a violation of basic human rights, and it is also a crime as defined by U.S. federal law and California state law.

Who do I contact if I'm receiving TCVAP and have questions or concerns?

If you are receiving TCVAP and have questions or concerns contact your local Social Services office in the County of San Luis Obispo, open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (closed on County-observed holidays). 

Do I have to work with Law Enforcement to be potentially eligible?

No, you do not have to work with Law Enforcement to be potentially eligible for TCVAP.

Is a US Citizen eligible for TCVAP?

No. However, there are other programs available. You can apply at any County of San Luis Obispo Social Services office, open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (closed on County-observed holidays). 

Where can I go for help?

The National Human Trafficking Hotline is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the United States, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in more than 200 languages. The Hotline’s mission is to connect human trafficking victims and survivors to critical support and services to get help and stay safe, and to equip the anti-trafficking community with the tools to effectively combat all forms of human trafficking. The Hotline offers round-the-clock access to a safe space to report tips, seek services, and ask for help.  

Human Trafficking Victims Resource Hotline
The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is a national support center whose mission is protect and promote the rights and opportunities of low-income immigrants and their family members.  NILC staff specialize in immigration law, and the employment and public benefits rights of immigrants
The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) can be found on the internet at
Or you can call the Los Angeles office at (213) 639-3900.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides immigration services and benefits.  The USCIS was formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS).  USCIS can be found on the internet at
Or you can call toll-free 1-800-375-5283 or 1-800-767-1833 (TDD for the deaf or hard of hearing). 

Contact Social Services

Child and Adult Hotline Information:

  • If you suspect there is an emergency requiring immediate intervention, call 911
  • To report suspected child abuse or neglect call the 24 hour Child Abuse Hotline at (805) 781-KIDS (5437) or toll free 1-800-834-KIDS (5437)
  • To report suspected elder abuse or neglect call the Adult Services Hotline at (805) 781-1790 during regular business hours, or after business hours call (844) 729-8011