Law Students Help Human Trafficking Survivors Clear Their Names
July 10, 2017
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An article in The Baltimore Sun details the work of students and lawyers in the University of Baltimore's Human Trafficking Prevention Project, where efforts are underway to expunge the records of survivors of human trafficking.
"Hoping to help survivors of trafficking, student lawyers at the University of Baltimore School of Law are working with the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service to expunge or vacate" convictions for offenses related to trafficking, such as prostitution. Criminal records can make it extremely difficult for a survivor to start a new life, obtain employment or even rent an apartment.
Jessica Emerson, a faculty member in the School of Law and the director of the Human Trafficking Prevention Project, is quoted in the article, saying, "For a survivor of human trafficking who has a criminal record, it is more likely that they are going to be re-exploited if their record keeps them from getting a job, access to housing and getting benefits."
Read the article in The Baltimore Sun.