May 24, 2016

Law Student Resources

Clinics Representing Victims of Trafficking

University of Southern California, Gould School of Law

As part of it’s International Human Rights Clinic, USC law students have represented survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence from Southeast Asia & Latin America in partnership with the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking.

Boston University School of Law

The Human Trafficking Law clinic provides direct representation of non-citizens trafficked into the United States, advocacy for trafficking survivors, and community education and training.  Students assist clients applying for a T-visa, and/or represent them in deportation proceedings before the Boston Immigration Court. To identify solutions to combat human trafficking, students collaborate with a variety of stakeholders, including survivors of human trafficking, law enforcement, government officials, and non-governmental organizations.

Michigan Law

Michigan Law runs the Human Trafficking Clinical Program (HTC).   The HTC is the first legal clinic solely dedicated to human trafficking in the United States. It offers students at the University of Michigan’s Law School the opportunity to gain practical skills in the legal fields related to helping victims of human trafficking. The students in the clinic also run community outreach and education initiatives and conduct research about the state of laws relating to human trafficking. 

Columbia Law School

Columbia Law School runs the Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic which has submitted reports and amicus briefs on Human Trafficking to the European Court of Human Rights and within the U.S. Courts.

The University of Utah, S.J. Quinney School of Law

The law school offers a free legal clinic where law students focus on providing legal advice in regards to expungement of convictions.

Voices for Victims: Advocates Against Human Trafficking 

Tool Kit for Law Students

Law School Programs

University of Arkansas, School of Law

The Human Trafficking Clinic engages students in advocacy projects for agencies and organizations seeking to confront and prevent human trafficking. 

Berkley Law, University of California

Boalt Anti-Trafficking Project (BATPro) seeks to empower youth involved with, or at risk for, child sex trafficking by educating them about the realities of human trafficking, healthy alternatives, and their legal rights in situations of exploitation and abuse. BATPro members are trained on the social and legal dynamics that surround the child sex trade by experienced attorneys and service providers. These trainings equip BATPro members to teach a four-week curriculum to youth on hold at the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center in San Leandro.

Michigan Law

Michigan Law also runs the Human Trafficking Law Project (HTLP) which maintains  a database of all recent human trafficking lawsuits and prosecutions in the United States, as well as providing best practices guidance. The goal of the project is to provide information for advocates, lawmakers, law enforcement, governments, nongovernmental organizations, and media to use in combating human trafficking.

The Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Over the course of the 2015-2016 academic year, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law launched the CSE Institute to address commercial sexual exploitation. The CSE Institute has just begun to address the significant work that must be done to address commercial sexual exploitation in Pennsylvania.   Law School Externs can apply to work with the Institute in researching about commercial sexual exploitation within Pennsylvania.

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The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama

Located in Birmingham, HICA assists immigrants with a variety of programs, including assisting victims of crimes in obtaining immigration relief.  There are opportunities for legal interns during the school year.


Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services

ALWAYS offers summer and semester internship opportunities to law students.  Among other things, legal interns help conduct client intakes, research legal issues, perform record searches for documents needed to assist clients, and help prepare for litigation.  ALWAYS represents women and youth in an array of legal matters, including T-Visa applications.


Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST)

CAST provides numerous services to trafficking victims, including extensive legal services involving direct representation and training.  CAST lists volunteer opportunities on their website, including legal opportunities for persons currently enrolled in J.D. programs.


Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (RMIAN)

RMIAN’s Human Trafficking Project offers free legal services for detained immigrant adults and immigrant child victims of human trafficking, legal training on T-visas, and holistic support.  RMIAN takes legal interns in the fall, spring and summer. 


Legal Aid Society of Hawai’i

In addition to other practice areas, Legal Aid Society of Hawai’i represents children and adult immigrant victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, and other victims of violent crimes through applications for immigrant crime victim visas.  The Society accepts laws students for externships.


National Immigrant Justice Center

NIJC accepts part time interns for their Counter Trafficking Project.  The project provides comprehensive legal services and case management for children and adult survivors of human trafficking.


Among other areas, LAF assists victims of human trafficking apply for T-visas.  Over the summer, LAF hosts full time interns for ten weeks.


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The Advocates for Human Rights

The Advocates for Human Rights runs a number of legal advocacy and direct representation programs.  Among them is the Worker Protection Project which analyzes, proposes, and advocates for laws against labor trafficking and exploitation.  The group accepts interns and fellows for five different sessions throughout the year.

New York

The Urban Justice Center

The Sex Worker Project accepts 2-3 legal interns in the Immigration or Criminal/General practices area.  Interns assist with T-visa’s or work in criminal court assisting clients and staff attorneys.

Her Justice

Her Justice works in all 5 NYC boroughs to represent women in family, divorce, and immigration matters.   Her Justice offers internships programs for the summer and throughout the school year. 

The Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP)

VLP’s Immigration Program, through the International Institute of Buffalo, is also funded to represent noncitizen survivors of domestic violence (funded by Neighborhood Legal Services) and human trafficking so that they may obtain special relief under U.S. immigration laws. VLP seeks to obtain “T” Visas or other immigration relief for these clients, and continues to handle their cases through the permanent residency application process.  Law students can join VLP as volunteers, interns, externs or pro bono scholars.

Empire Justice Center

Among other areas of law, the Empire Justice Center assists immigrant victims of crimes obtain legal status.  Empire Justice recruits legal interns to assist in litigation, public policy and advocacy initiatives.  Depending on the project and the office location, interns gain hands on experience working with clients, in both the courts and the legislature. 

North Carolina

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont (LSSP)

LSSP runs an Immigrant Justice program, which includes providing legal services to victims of human trafficking.  LSSP recruits law student volunteers for the summer months.


Community Legal Center, Immigrant Justice Program

The Immigrant Justice Center provides immigrant relief, including T-Visas, to low-income residents of the greater Memphis Region.  Community Legal Center accepts both law students and college students.</li></<