WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 4, 2008 – An estimated 27 million people are victims of human trafficking in the world today, and between 14,500 and 17,000 are trafficked into the United States each year. In order to help lawyers understand the complex issues human trafficking victims face, the American Bar Association has released three new resources for lawyers who have previously represented victims of domestic violence, children and other victims of crime.
"Meeting the Legal Needs of Human Trafficking Victims: An Introduction for Domestic Violence Attorneys & Advocates" provides information about identifying trafficking victims and discusses potential cultural issues that may arise; it also addresses protection orders available in the U.S.; outlines visa options for global trafficking victims; and provides additional resources for lawyers. Specific considerations relating to youth and children, including running away, peer pressure and reliance on adults are explored in "Meeting the Legal Needs of Child Trafficking Victims: An Introduction for Children's Attorneys & Advocates." In addition to outlining legal remedies, the guide also provides information about community-based responses to child trafficking. Finally, "Human Trafficking Cases: How and Why to Use an Expert Witness," offers considerations in screening expert witnesses, tips on working with witnesses and case examples in which expert witnesses played a role.
The views expressed in the guides have not been approved by the House of Delegates or the Board of Governors of the ABA and, accordingly, should not be construed as representing the policy of the ABA.
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