WHAT WE DO

  • Prepare T visas, U visas, or asylum applications (immigration relief for foreign trafficked victims) and represent clients in non-adversarial hearings before administrative bodies

  • Litigate cases, which includes tasks such as drafting civil complaints against traffickers,
    preparing clients and witnesses to testify in asylum cases before an immigration judge, or seeking a predicate order in family court for special immigrant juveniles

  • Conduct investigative activities, such as working with state and county enforcement agencies to assist in the regulation of sexually oriented businesses, assisting in the investigation of potential violators, and issuing cease and desist letters leading to potential injunctive lawsuits

  • Raise awareness through CLE seminars for fellow students and legal community to educate and motivate others in the fight against human trafficking.

WHY WE SELECTED THIS CLINIC
Central to the clinic’s activities is aiding children: those who were forced into prostitution or labor by human traffickers, those who were abandoned in this country by their parents, and those who came here themselves to escape danger in their native countries.

The vulnerable clients who seek our assistance cannot be helped by traditional legal aid offices because of federal funding restrictions. Their cases present opportunities for students to hone lawyering skills in a variety of venues -- in state court, in federal agency hearings, and in federal court.

WHO’S INVOLVED

       
Naomi Bang
Adjunct Professor

 
 


ORGANIZATIONS / PARTNERS

This clinic pairs South Texas with FosterQuan, the second-largest immigration law firm in the country, as well as non-profit agencies and service providers such as Boat People, SOS, Catholic Charities, and KIND (Kids in Need of Defense).

SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS

  • August 2012: Obtained a grant of asylum for victim of brutal domestic violence in Cameroon kingdom where wives are killed in front of other wives and children as a warning

  • April 2012: Hosted Human Trafficking CLE Seminar, bringing together local, national and international actors to consider how lawyers can fight against forced labor and sex slavery

  • January - Summer 2012: Provided assistance in federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 100 trafficked workers in Vietnam
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