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FAQs about the Human Trafficking Clinicc (HTC) 

WHAT KIND OF LEGAL WORK DOES THE HTC DO?

We represent survivors of human trafficking in a variety of civil legal areas including immigration, post-adjudication criminal relief, family, housing, access to public benefits, and victim-witness advocacy. Student Attorneys represent clients in these matters under the supervision of licensed attorneys.

We do not prosecute cases against criminals or investigate criminal matters. We can assist a survivor in reporting to and working with law enforcement and prosecutors.  We are not able to assist survivors with non-legal matters but will do our best to refer to appropriate services.

HOW DOES THE HTC IDENTIFY CLIENTS? 

We receive referrals from a variety of community partners including the National Human Trafficking Hotline; social services providers; other attorneys; local, state and federal law enforcement or prosecutor; and survivors who have self-identified. 

HOW DO I REFER SOMEONE FOR LEGAL ASSISTANCE TO THE HTC?

The best way to request assistance for yourself or someone else is to call our office at 734-615-3600. We are generally open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. When you call be prepared to briefly provide the nature of the victimization, the legal need, and safe contact information. We do not accept walk ins.

HOW DO I ENROLL IN THE HTC? 

Current Michigan Law School students who are interested in being a part of the HTC can do so in two ways: either by enrolling in the Clinic for credit during the academic year, or by applying to be an intern in the summer. For information in how to enroll in the academic year please refer to the current Clinic Enrollment Guide. Details on how to apply for summer internships will be entered into the Simplicity system during the Winter semester each year.

Non-Michigan law students are not able to enroll during the academic year. However, individuals currently enrolled in a JD program can apply for a summer internship with the HTC. If you are interested in applying for a summer internship with the HTC please submit a cover letter and resume to humantrafficking@umich.edu by January 30th of the year. Please write "Summer Employment Application" in the subject line of the email.

I AM INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR HTC BUT I HAVE HEARD THAT IT IS REALLY HARD TO GET IN; IS THIS TRUE?

No! This is a worrisome myth about the HTC. It is sometimes the case that applicants will not be selected the first semester they apply. However, it is almost always the case that applicants who submit complete clinic applications for multiple semesters are admitted at some point during their Law School career.

I AM NOT A MEMBER OF THE MICHIGAN LAW SCHOOL COMMUNITY; CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR HTC?

Thank you for offering to assist our efforts. Unfortunately, given the nature of the services we provide at HTC we generally only have volunteer opportunities for individuals who possess a JD. Furthermore, our first priority is always to ensure we are accommodating the volunteer interests of members of the University of Michigan Law School community. Thus, we do have volunteer opportunities for practicing attorneys, but they are limited.

The only exception to the above statement applies to those who possess non-English language skills. There are instances when we need interpretation/translation of a less-commonly spoken language and there is no one in the Law School community able to meet that need. If you are fluent in a language other than English and are interested in being a volunteer interpreter/translator, please email the humantrafficking@umich.edu with your name, email, phone number, and the languages in which you are fluent.

I AM HOSTING A PUBLIC EVENT OR TRAINING ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND WOULD LIKE TO REQUEST A SPEAKER FROM THE HTC?

Thank you for your interest in the topic of human trafficking. We receive an overwhelming number of requests for a speaker and are only able to accommodate a small fraction of the requests we receive. If you would like to request a speaker please send an email to humantrafficking@umich.edu with the following information: the agency or organization you are associated with; proposed date(s) and time(s); the length of the proposed presentation; location; a description of the audience including an estimated number in attendance; and what kind of information on human trafficking you are seeking. Depending on the nature of the request there may be a speaker's fee.

I AM RESEARCHING HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND WONDER WHO I CAN TALK TO ABOUT THE ISSUE?

We are thankful that you are interested in learning more about the issue, but we are unable to respond to general research requests. The HTC is a functioning law office and we must ensure that we are dedicating our limited staff time to meeting the needs of our clients.

Please visit What is Human Trafficking? to find more information about human trafficking.


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