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"The Human Trafficking Clinic has been the best part of my legal education. I’ve learned more than I could have ever expected, and not just about the law."

—Aaron Wenzloff, 3L

Human Trafficking Clinic

Human Trafficking Clinic Mission Statement   
The Human Trafficking Clinic lawyers and students provide legal services to victims of human trafficking regardless of age, gender, or national origin. Students gain core knowledge and foundational skills through client representation and advocacy. The Human Trafficking Clinic is committed to advancing anti-trafficking policy through interdisciplinary collaboration at the local, national and international levels. 

THE WORK OF THE HUMAN TRAFFICKING CLINIC

The Human Trafficking Clinic (HTC), launched in 2009, is the first clinical law program solely dedicated to the issue of human trafficking. Also known as modern-day slavery, human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, harboring, or receipt of people for the purposes of slavery, forced labor, and servitude.

The HTC offers students the opportunity to work on both domestic and international human trafficking issues and cases. The HTC provides a range of services, including direct representation of both domestic trafficking victims and foreign nationals trafficked in to the United States, advocacy for trafficking victims, and community education and training. The HTC also provides students with the opportunity to learn, practice, and improve essential advocacy skills. Students working in the HTC obtain real-world experience by working on behalf of victims of human trafficking. They also collaborate with a variety of stakeholders, including survivors of human trafficking, law enforcement, government officials, and nongovernmental organizations, to identify solutions to combat human trafficking. Students are responsible, under supervision, for all of the cases and projects within the HTC.

The Student Experience

See below what some past HTC students have said about their experience in clinic. (These statements are excerpted from end-of-semester student evaluations and are therefore anonymous.)

"My experience with the clinic this semester has sort of literally changed my life. I think that it’s the most meaningful thing that I’ve done in law school thus far, and it reminded me why I came to law school in the first place. I think that I’ve developed useful skills that I’ll need in my career, and I have a clearer picture of what I want that career to look like."

"I have recommended and would recommend this clinic to other students regardless of whether they have any prior interest in human trafficking or related issues. The supervisors are excellent, the casework is interesting, and the skills I’ve gained in clinic are widely transferable."

"The clinic certainly enriched my learning in other law school classrooms by making me think critically about the role of race, class, and gender in the law. I think I saw vulnerability in a different way that was extremely beneficial to me."

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