Trafficked persons have significant rights under U.S. law, but they cannot exercise these rights without competent legal counsel. Pro bono attorneys and advocates can change the game, allowing trafficking survivors to participate fully in criminal cases against traffickers, and in launching civil suits against the perpetrators.
This locally-tailored training will cover crime victims’ rights in federal cases, criminal restitution orders for victims, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and civil litigation against traffickers in federal courts. Topics covered:
- Federal Definition of Severe form of Trafficking in Persons
- Federal Mandatory Criminal Restitution pursuant to 18 USC 1593
- Civil Right of Action for Trafficking Survivors pursuant to 18 USC 1595
- Basics of filing a civil complaint
The Human Trafficking Legal Center serves as a clearinghouse for survivors and law firms, bringing trafficking survivors together with highly-competent, well-trained pro bono attorneys nationwide.
Martina Vandenberg, President and Founder of the HT Legal Center and a former law firm partner with two decades of experience in the anti-trafficking field, will lead a training on using federal law to obtain justice for trafficking survivors.