Alexandra Yelderman serves as special counsel to the Human Trafficking Legal Center. Formerly the Center’s Senior Staff Attorney, Yelderman has spent the past decade directing data research and developing seminal resources for attorneys and advocates handling human trafficking cases. She is the author of several reports on federal civil human trafficking litigation, victim mistreatment in human trafficking prosecutions, and criminal restitution. She authored or co-authored the following reports published by the Human Trafficking Legal Center: Prosecution at Any Cost? The Impact of Material Witness Warrants in Federal Human Trafficking Cases; Federal Human Trafficking Civil Litigation: 15 Years of the Private Right of Action; Human Trafficking and Forced Labor in For-Profit Detention Facilities: Strategic Litigation in U.S. Federal Courts; United States Federal Courts’ Continuing Failure to Order Mandatory Criminal Restitution for Human Trafficking Victims, and When “Mandatory” Does Not Mean Mandatory: Failure to Obtain Criminal Restitution in Federal Prosecution of Human Trafficking Cases in the United States. Yelderman has published widely in the human trafficking field, including an op-ed in the Washington Post on forced labor in private immigration detention centers.
Yelderman serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Notre Dame Law School, where her scholarly research focuses on illicit commerce on the internet. She graduated cum laude from New York University with a B.A. in religious studies and a minor in mathematics and received a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.