Meeting the Legal Needs of Human-Trafficking Survivors

By: Sarah Dohoney Byrne. Published by: Wake Forest Law Review. Published in 2017

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The abstract reads: “Increased awareness among law enforcement, the courts, schools, and the public about human trafficking has caused a surge in the need for service providers across the country. Survivors of human trafficking need healthcare, counseling, housing, and support/empowerment programming, but they also need lawyers.

Unlike victims of most other crimes, trafficking survivors have their own legal needs due to their experience of being trafficked; yet they do not always meet the eligibility requirements for receiving a court appointed attorney or Legal Aid services. “Without legal representation, survivors of trafficking can be left to wade through the rocky waters of justice alone, un-empowered and misunderstood; an experience not too dissimilar from being trafficked.”

This Article will: (1) identify the various legal needs of trafficking survivors; (2) address the unique challenges facing the lawyers who represent them; (3) argue for the self-directed representation of minor survivors; and (4) provide guidance for lawyers and law firms called on to meet the legal needs of those who have endured such a horrific reality.” (p. 379-380)

Categories: Domestic Violence, Family, Human Trafficking, Legal Aid Attorneys, Legal Aid Practitioners, Migrants/Immigrants, National, Policymakers and Funders, Researchers and Academics, Victims of Crime

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