International Human Rights Law Clinic Fights Human Trafficking
On Friday, April 23, International Human Rights Law Clinic (IHRLC) students presented a paper at the IHRLC and Human Rights Center conference, "Safety After Slavery: Protecting Survivors of Human Trafficking." Clinic research on forced labor in the United States indicates that hundreds and possibly thousands of Mexican men, women and children are trafficked into this country each year and forced to work in brothels, fields and sweatshops as modern day slaves. Participants in the conference--including officials from the Mexican and U.S. governments, human rights advocates in both countries, and trafficking survivors--met to develop a transnational model for protection of Mexican trafficking survivors and their families.
The paper presented by Noura Erakat '05, Andrea Fitanides '05 and Katie Glynn '05 sets forth a legal framework for transnational prosecutions of Mexican traffickers, protection measures available to survivors in Mexico and the United States, as well as international models for protecting victims of this illicit trade. Additional information is available on the clinic website. For more information, please contact Linda Anderberg at 510-642-6073 or firstname.lastname@example.org.