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Representing Victims of Human Trafficking in Massachusetts: A Guide for Attorneys

Date: 
05/01/2020
Author: 
WilmerHale, Boston University School of Law Immigrants' Rights and Human Trafficking Program

This Guide (second edition) 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.

In particular, the Guide discusses the following topics in detail:

  • Identifying victims and recognizing indicators of human trafficking
  • An introduction to international, federal, and Massachusetts human trafficking laws
  • Advice on working with vulnerable and diverse populations
  • Immigration remedies for victims of human trafficking victims, including how to apply for and obtain T visas and U visas
  • Issues specific to child victims of human trafficking, including the safe harbor under Massachusetts law for minor victims involved in criminal prosecution
  • Issues specific to victims of human trafficking who are also criminal defendants
  • Aiding prosecution of traffickers
  • Civil remedies available to victims of human trafficking under federal and Massachusetts law
  • Non-legal benefits and resources available to victims of human trafficking under federal and Massachusetts law
  • Massachusetts resources available to victims of human trafficking

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