Human Trafficking Clinic
Human Trafficking Manual
Please click on the following link to access the manual for Massachusetts attorneys representing victim of human trafficking: http://www.representingmatraffickingvictims.org/
The manual is the first-ever Massachusetts human trafficking guide for attorneys, developed with the help of students in BU Law's Human Trafficking Clinic, working under the guidance of Ms. Julie Dahlstrom. [PRESS RELEASE]
The guide provides attorneys with a general overview of human trafficking law in Massachusetts in an effort to help attorneys identify victims of human trafficking and determine how to meet their legal and non-legal needs. It provides attorneys with a foundation concerning federal and state law and refers them to more comprehensive resources, where appropriate.
The Human Trafficking Clinic offers a unique opportunity for students to work on legal cases of human trafficking, a widespread and serious human rights violation. Clinic students provide a variety of legal services, including direct representation of non-citizens trafficked into the United States, advocacy for trafficking survivors, and community education and training. In particular, Clinic students directly represent trafficking survivors to apply for a T-visa, a special form of immigration relief for trafficking survivors and/or in removal (deportation) proceedings before the Boston Immigration Court. Students also will collaborate with a variety of stakeholders, including survivors of human trafficking, law enforcement, government officials, and non-governmental organizations, to identify solutions to combat human trafficking. Through their clinical experience, students will increase their knowledge of trafficking law and learn fundamentals of lawyering, while providing a valuable service to survivors who would otherwise be unrepresented.
The Human Trafficking Course examines international, federal, and state mechanisms to combat human trafficking. The course also evaluates comparative models for criminal prosecution and protection of survivors. The course will explore serious enforcement challenges in a variety of contexts, including victim compensation, employment rights, immigration relief, and criminal prosecution. Moreover, the class will receive training in client counseling techniques, focusing on the unique challenges when working with vulnerable communities, such as trafficking survivors.
Credits: Students receive three credits for the clinic fieldwork, and three credits for the seminar.
The Clinic meets in the fall and is taught by Ms. Julie Dahlstrom
Prerequisite: Immigration Law and Evidence. Both classes may be taken concurrently.
To apply: Applications will be available on-line following the Open House. Applications will be due April 15.