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Slavery in the United States theoretically ended in 1865. Yet people still perform work and services for no pay via force, fraud and coercion. Immigrants are particularly vulnerable to the control of human traffickers, as they are susceptible to threats surrounding immigration status and traffickers’ lies about lack of access to protection by law enforcement.
Lawyers can be part of the solution through pro bono representation of trafficking survivors. Lawyers can both aid survivors in obtaining immigration status and also reporting the traffickers’ criminal actions to relevant authorities. Trafficking is occurring all around us, up the street, in the countryside and in private homes. Federal immigration authorities in 2020 continue to prioritize deportation and criminalization of persons without immigration status, adding to trafficking survivors’ vulnerability to exploitation.
Please join Timothy A. Fallon, Senior Immigration Attorney at Her Justice, for this Briefing to learn more about:
- An overview of the different kinds of human trafficking: sex and labor
- Relevant laws regarding trafficking
- Get involved—pro bono representation of trafficking survivors in immigration matters
- Challenges for legal professionals when representing survivors of human trafficking