Human Trafficking Project

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which survivors are made to provide labor or engage in commercial sex by force, fraud or coercion for the benefit of the traffickers. Survivors of human trafficking are frequently lured by false promises of a lucrative job, education, protection, or a loving relationship. While human trafficking crosses demographics, vulnerable populations such as survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault are frequently targeted by traffickers.

LACLJ provides client-centered legal services to survivors of human trafficking, addressing the range of legal problems that may come from the victimization. Depending on a client’s goals, LACLJ can provide legal services in matters such as:

  • Immigration (for example, T-Visas, U-Visas, Adjustment of Status, Removal Defense)
  • Crime Victim Rights and Enforcement (for example, enforcing rights to notice, privacy, and to be heard, assistance with reporting, securing U-Visa or T-Visa certifications, or obtaining victim compensation)
  • Public Benefits
  • Vacatur
  • Restraining Orders
  • Family law
  • Other civil needs such as education, housing, and employment

LACLJ attorneys offer a confidential relationship within which survivors can learn about their rights, weigh their options and make informed and empowered choices for themselves and their families. Project attorneys work in collaboration with the LACLJ Community Care Advocates who offer case management services, court accompaniment, safety planning, education, and linkages to community resources to Project clients.