Doing Well By Doing Good: How Your Law Firm Can Provide Morally and Financially Rewarding Pro Bono Legal Representation to Victims of Labor Trafficking
1 PM EDT
Cases such as the high profile Signal International $20 million settlement of claims of forced labor illustrate the power of civil trafficking litigation to respond aggressively to the scourge of “modern day slavery,” deterring perpetrators and providing relief to victims. Such cases have inspired law firms to engage in pro bono representation of victims of sex and labor trafficking. These cases can bring significant rewards, such as enhancing the firm’s social responsibility standing, and strengthening its specialized litigation skills. The federal statute, 18 U.S.C. § 1595, also allows for recovery of attorneys’ fees. Remedies for victims of labor trafficking are available under a range of legal theories, including many bodies of law at the heart of bread-and-butter labor and employment law practice. Title VII, the Fair Labor Standards Act, analogous state statutes, and common law tort and contract claims, alongside the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and similar state laws, may be utilized to recover significant damages (and in some cases, attorneys’ fees).
This webinar aims to stimulate more labor and employment law attorneys, whether primarily representing employers, workers, or unions, to become active in pro bono representation of victims of labor trafficking. It will provide key tools for successful pursuit of justice for trafficking victims.
This program will outline the various legal remedies available for labor trafficking victims, as well as the significant resources available to support successful outcomes in such complex litigation. Presenters include the head of The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center, an NGO that works with pro bono counsel to represent trafficking victims; the former General Counsel of EEOC, who led the agency’s litigation response to discrimination elements often present in trafficking cases; senior counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which spearheaded the Signal International case and other major civil anti-trafficking lawsuits, and a management law firm attorney who has constructed a successful pro bono practice specializing in anti-trafficking litigation.