*National Judicial Network (July 6, 2021): “Judicial Responses to Labor Trafficking” (Webinar)

Victims of labor trafficking appear before state court judges in a wide range of state court proceedings including protection orders, dependency, delinquency, guardianship, child support, custody, children in need of protection, employment cases, and criminal court cases (both misdemeanors and felonies). Victims of labor trafficking may be adults, youth, or children and some may also be victims of sex trafficking. This webinar will discuss federal and state law definitions of labor trafficking, provide examples and tips to help courts identify victims, review legal remedies available for victims, and describe steps state court judges and staff can take to help labor trafficking victims. Faculty will discuss the role of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), prosecutors, and judges in combating labor trafficking and connecting victims with programs that offer help to victims. By participating in this webinar participants will be able to:

  • Identify victims of labor trafficking whom they encounter in court;
  • Access correct information about the legal rights of labor trafficking victims under trafficking, immigration, public benefits, and labor laws;
  • Provide victims with know your rights information, referrals to the EEOC and to organizations in your state that assist victims;
  • Play a leadership role in your court and community by convening and working with others to hold perpetrators of labor trafficking accountable and offer help to victims; and
  • Enhance access to justice for labor trafficking victims in criminal, civil, and family court proceedings.

Hosted by: The National Judicial Network, NIWAP at American University Washington College of Law, and National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judge (NCJFCJ). If you are a judge or judicial official, please consider becoming a member of The National Judicial Network!

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