Washington, DC – The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center (HT Pro Bono) announced a two-year, $40,000 grant awarded by the Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches (JWF). HT Pro Bono is a national leader in providing access to pro bono legal counsel for trafficking victims. Support from JWF will allow HT Pro Bono to enhance its work on sex trafficking with the launch of a new project, the Sex Trafficking Justice Initiative.
Sex trafficking victims are much less likely than labor trafficking victims to have legal counsel. These victims are also much less likely to obtain restitution in criminal trafficking cases, despite the fact that restitution is mandatory under federal law. To increase access to justice for sex trafficking survivors, the Sex Trafficking Justice Initiative will conduct original research, national training programs, and comprehensive technical assistance. HT Pro Bono’s innovative, cutting-edge programs leverage millions of dollars in pro bono services for victims. The venture will also expand access to counsel to vacate trafficking victims’ criminal convictions for crimes traffickers forced their victims to commit. Finally, by increasing the number of civil suits filed against traffickers, HT Pro Bono will also ensure that more victims obtain the financial damages they deserve. Ultimately, the Sex Trafficking Justice Initiative will strengthen the collaboration between pro bono law firms and NGOs, giving survivors the resources they need to move forward with their lives.
“We are very excited to partner with the Jewish Women’s Foundation on this important work. Survivors of sex trafficking have rights,” said Martina Vandenberg, President and Founder of HT Pro Bono. “We have an ambitious mission: to provide every survivor of human trafficking in the United States with access to a highly-skilled, pro bono lawyer. Support from JWF goes a long way towards achieving that goal.”
About the Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches:
The Jewish Women’s Foundation of the Greater Palm Beaches (JWF) envisions a world where women and girls are safe and successful, can reach their fullest potential, and live in a more fair and just society. The Jewish Women’s Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. For more information, please visit www.jwfpalmbeach.org
About The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center:
The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center empowers trafficked women, men, and children to seek justice. HT Pro Bono leads national efforts to hold human traffickers accountable for their crimes and to raise awareness of victims’ rights. By linking trafficking victims with highly-skilled pro bono attorneys, HT Pro Bono works to obtain criminal convictions, criminal restitution, and civil judgments against traffickers. With pro bono legal assistance, trafficking survivors can rebuild their lives. For more information on The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center and its services, please visit http://www.htprobono.org/