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Date: Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm (EST)

Trafficking survivors often face poverty, debt, and tax issues. These challenges persist, sometimes years after they escape from their trafficking situation.  This webinar, designed for advocates and attorneys, will provide guidance on navigating the new tax code and understanding tax issues that may confront survivors.  Most importantly, this webinar, taught by two tax attorneys with experience assisting trafficking survivors, will provide advocates with resources trafficking survivors can access to find expert legal advice. A recent publication, A Guide for Advocates, written by the University of Baltimore School of Law, The Human Trafficking Legal Center, and pro bono law firm Ropes & Gray, provides additional background to these issues.


Janice Shih, J.D.
Janice Shih is the Director of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) at Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), the largest provider of pro bono legal services in the state of Maryland.  MVLS LITC assists human trafficking survivors with their tax issues through the Human Trafficking Prevention Project (HTPP), a partnership between  MVLS and University of Baltimore School of Law). This partnership provides free legal services for survivors of human trafficking and individuals at risk of exploitation seeking to vacate, expunge, or shield prostitution and other charges on their criminal records, as well as legal assistance with family law, housing, consumer debt, tax, and other civil matters.

Janice is a member of the LITC Advisory Board for the Center for Taxpayer Rights, as well as the incoming Vice-Chair of the Pro Bono and Tax Clinics Committee of the American Bar Association.   Locally, Janice is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association Taxation Council.  She serves as the Co-Chair of the Pro Bono Committee, an incoming member of the Maryland Board of Individual Tax Return Preparers, and a volunteer with CASH (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Campaign and with the local VITA  (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program.

Jack Snyder, J.D.
Jack Snyder directs the law school’s Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic, in which student attorneys practicing under his supervision represent low-income clients before the IRS and in federal tax litigation in U.S. Tax Court and U.S. District Court.  He also teaches courses in tax procedure and tax research and writing in the University’s Graduate Tax Program. Upon graduating from law school, Jack practiced for five and a half years as a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Tax Division.  He served as a Clinical Fellow at the University’s Tax Clinic from 2006 to 2009 and has directed the Clinic since its reestablishment in January 2015.

1/30 Panel Discussion: Government Contracting and Human Trafficking

Join the Human Trafficking Legal Center for a free brownbag lunch discussion on government contracting and human trafficking.


January 30, 2019
Morrison & Foerster
2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 6000
Washington, DC 20006

Register online here.



Scott Amey, Project On Government Oversight
Damien Specht, Morrison & Foerster
Linda K. Dixon, Department of Defense Combating Trafficking in Persons


Martina Vandenberg, The Human Trafficking Legal Center


1/23 Panel Discussion: Civil Litigation to Combat Human Trafficking

Join the Human Trafficking Legal Center and Pillsbury for a free discussion on the use of civil litigation to combat human trafficking. Lunch will be provided.


January 23, 2019
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
1200 17th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036

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Sahar Hafeez, Pillsbury
Betsy Hutson, McGuireWoods
Martina Vandenberg, The Human Trafficking Legal Center
Fainess Lipenga, Survivor-Leader


Sarah Bessell, The Human Trafficking Legal Center

No events

3/27 Film Screening and Discussion: “Trafficked in America”

Join the Human Trafficking Legal Center and the Solidarity Center for a screening of the documentary “Trafficked in America” followed by a discussion with film writer and producer Andrés Cediel.

March 27, 2019
815 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

Register online here.



Andrés CedielWriter & Producer, “Trafficked in America”
Shannon Lederer, Director of Immigration, AFL-CIO
Neha Misra, Senior Specialist on Migration and Trafficking, Solidarity Center
Martina Vandenberg, President, The Human Trafficking Legal Center

there are no public trainings or events this month

5/15 Book Reading and Discussion with Labor Trafficking Survivor and Author Vannak Prum

Join the Human Trafficking Legal Center at Kramerbooks & Afterwords in Washington, DC for a book reading with labor trafficking survivor Vannak Prum, author of “The Dead Eye and the Deep Blue Sea: A Graphic Memoir of Modern Slavery.”

May 15, 2019
Kramerbooks & Afterwords
1517 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

Event is free and open to the public.

More information on the event may be found here.