Things to Know
Courts fail to order criminal restitution for trafficking survivors, despite the fact that it is mandatory.
Prosecutors fail to collect restitution, even when it is ordered by a federal court.
Victims are held as material witnesses to force them to testify.
The system imprisons victims to force them to serve as witnesses. Arrest, imprisonment, and forced participation in court proceedings are re-traumatizing for victims.
With pro bono lawyers by their side, trafficking survivors can pursue justice and rebuild their lives.
Bridge to Justice
With more than 4,000 trained pro bono attorneys, HT Legal works as a referral clearinghouse to representation for trafficking survivors. We match each new client with a highly skilled, dedicated pro bono lawyer. The pro bono requests run the gamut: criminal victim-witness representation, civil litigation, tax issues, immigration relief, and criminal conviction record relief.
Financial Independence for Trafficking Survivors
Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence: Fact Sheet
Federal Criminal and Civil Trafficking Cases Involving Legal Visas
A Survivor’s Guide to Criminal and Civil Cases
A Survivor’s Guide to Criminal Expungement and Vacatur in the U.S.
Analysis of our criminal database reveals a troubling trend: federal courts deferring, and ultimately failing, to make restitution decisions.
Prosecution at Any Cost? The Impact of Material Witness Warrants in Federal Human Trafficking Cases
An Advocate’s Guide to Tax Issues Affecting Victims of Human Trafficking
Using the Optional Protocol Under CEDAW to Combat Human Trafficking
United States Federal Courts’ Continuing Failure to Order Mandatory Criminal Restitution for Human Trafficking Victims
U.S. Legal Remedies for Minor Victims of Sex Tourism and Sex Trafficking
When “Mandatory” Does Not Mean Mandatory: Failure to Obtain Criminal Restitution in Federal Prosecutions of Human Trafficking Cases in the United States
Victims in need of immediate assistance should call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.