FAQs

HT Legal receives support from an array of generous individuals, foundations, and charitable institutions. We are grateful to all of our donors for their support of HT Legal’s vision: universal pro bono representation for human trafficking survivors.
The Open Society Foundation’s Fellowship program incubated The Human Trafficking Legal Center (formerly The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center) in 2012. HT Legal officially launched in 2013 with generous support from foundations and individual donors.
Please contact HT Legal at technicalassistance@htlegalcenter.org to refer the case. Please do not send confidential information to this email address. Someone will contact you to assist in finding a placement within HT Legal’s national network of pro bono attorneys.
HT Legal provides free training to anti-trafficking service providers in the United States. If you would like to arrange a training program for your staff, please complete our training request form.
Victims may call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-3737-888. Individuals in immediate danger should call 911.
Potential clients should contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-3737-888 to request a legal referral. Alternatively, trafficking victims should contact a local service provider in their area. Local service providers may be found through the hotline or through the Freedom Network coalition of service providers in the United States
Yes. In 2000, Congress passed the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), criminalizing trafficking for forced prostitution, forced labor, and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Since passage of the TVPA, the U.S. Department of Justice has brought hundreds of trafficking prosecutions nationwide. Congress amended the law in 2003, creating the right for trafficking victims to sue their traffickers for damages in federal court.
HT Legal provides support in three key areas: 1) training for attorneys willing to handle pro bono matters; 2) technical assistance and mentoring to firms accepting pro bono matters; and 3) free access to a comprehensive database of civil trafficking cases filed in U.S. federal courts since 2003. HT Legal does not provide legal advice. Our attorneys are on call to provide references to relevant research, case law, and publications that may assist pro bono counsel in conducting their own legal analysis.
HT Legal staff attorneys have trained more than 3,200 pro bono attorneys across the country. When HT Legal receives a referral, there is a careful effort to match the potential client with the pro bono firm most appropriate for that particular matter. Outcomes in legal matters can never be guaranteed.
HT Legal receives referrals from multiple sources. Most referrals come from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) providing comprehensive social services for survivors of trafficking. Legal services are just one piece of the wrap-around, rights-based services that survivors need and deserve. HT Legal works in partnership with NGOs to ensure that trafficking survivors have case management support throughout legal proceedings.
HT Legal partners with outstanding law firms nationwide to refer trafficking survivors to qualified pro bono counsel. Our staff attorneys co-litigate a limited number of trafficking cases in-house.
The Human Trafficking Legal Center provides continuing legal education (CLE) training on federal law governing human trafficking. The course is free for law firms willing to handle pro bono civil and criminal trafficking cases for victims. If your firm would like to obtain training, please complete our training request form. For general information, please contact us.
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