Survivor Reentry Project

The Survivor Reentry Project raises awareness of criminal record remedies for survivors of human trafficking and builds sustainable post-conviction representation practices across the country. The project offers national training and technical assistance on vacatur, expungement and other criminal record remedies for trafficking survivors, public defenders, legal service lawyers, pro bono attorneys, victims' advocates, law students, judges, and prosecutors.

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Technical Assistance for Survivors of Human Trafficking

If you have an arrest or conviction history related to your experience, and you would like to be connected to the Survivor Reentry Project team to learn more about your options, please submit a confidential request

Technical Assistance for Professionals Supporting Survivors of Human Trafficking

The Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence's Survivor Reentry Project provides individualized support, training, consultation, and technical assistance around the vacatur of criminal convictions for survivors of human trafficking. The Survivor Reentry Project's Resources are available to attorneys, advocates, judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, universities/law schools, and legislators.

Practice Tips for Service Providers

When conducting a comprehensive needs assessment for survivors of human trafficking, either in crisis or as part of long-term support plan, it is critical to incorporate a discussion of criminal legal involvement and needs. Many survivors have been arrested, often more than once, and their arrest records can greatly impact their stability, eligibility for services, programs, licenses, and jobs, and impede empowerment and well-being.