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The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center

Most trafficking victims in the United States do not have access to justice. In 2003, Congress passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, which gave trafficking victims the right to sue their traffickers for damages. But in the 10 years since the law was passed, fewer than 100 civil cases have been filed under the civil human trafficking statute. Trafficked persons have significant rights under U.S. law, but they cannot exercise these rights without competent legal counsel. Pro bono attorneys can assist trafficking victims in participating fully in criminal cases against traffickers, and in launching civil suits against the perpetrators.

The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center serves as a clearinghouse for victims and law firms, bringing trafficking victims together with highly-competent, well-trained pro bono attorneys. The Center offers training and mentoring to attorneys handling pro bono trafficking cases, ensuring that strategic litigation in this area has maximum systemic impact.

Since its inception, the Center has provided training to hundreds of pro bono attorneys. In addition, the Center’s staff has placed 20 trafficking cases with pro bono attorneys from high-profile law firms. By leveraging the resources and talents of private sector firms, The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center seeks to completely change the playing field for human traffickers.

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  1. Trafficking in Human Beings: the Slavery that Surounds Us by Ann Jordan
  2. (Not) Found Chained to a Bed in a Brothel: Conceptual, Legal and Procedural Failures Fulfill the Promise of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act by Dina Haynes
  3. USING INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW TO BETTER PROTECT VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING: THE PROHIBITIONS ON SLAVERY, SERVITUDE FORCED LABOR AND DEBT BONDAGE by Anne Gallagher
  4. The High Cost of Freedom: A Legal and Policy Analysis of Shelter Detention for Victims of Trafficking by Anne Gallagher and Elaine Pearson
  5. Recent Legal Developments in the Field of Human Trafficking: A Critical Review of the 2005 European Convention and Related Instruments by Anne Gallagher

One Comment

  1. I heard Ms Vandenberg speak Tuesday afternoon in Nashville at the Magdalene conference.
    Where and when may I apply for the training mentioned in your webpage? I have been retired from the practice of law for about twelve years, but I have not given up my license. I am licensed in Michigan state courts and in both the Western and Eastern Federal Districts of Michigan.
    Can you refer me to some practitioners in the Western District (Grand Rapids)? If there is no one here taking on justice for trafficking victims, I want to create a dedicated practice. It will be a part of our newly-formed advocacy and practical assistance organization, Our Sisters.
    Vince Schumacher