The Berkeley Law Anti-Trafficking Project (BATPro) seeks to empower youth involved with, or at risk for, child sex trafficking by educating them about the realities of human trafficking, healthy alternatives, and their legal rights in situations of exploitation and abuse. Our organization is broken out into three sub-groups; these groups all have specific projects unique to their focus area, but all incorporate aspects that target improving legal research and writing skills. There are opportunities within the group to organize speeches, work with local attorneys, and create advocacy projects. BATPro is a community, and programs require teamwork, professionalism, and interpersonal skills. The three subgroups of BATPro are:
Legal Services Support: This year BATPro is excited to announce a new partnership with Dolores Street Community Services (DSCS). DSCS has recently launched an Anti-Trafficking program that aims to educate and assist communities throughout the Bay Area. The program focuses primarily on increasing awareness and the identification of immigrant survivors of labor trafficking as well as providing survivors with legal consults, referrals, and full representation in their immigration cases. Students would be supporting DSCS’s anti-trafficking work by conducting community outreach and working in monthly clinics under the supervision of DSCS attorneys. At the monthly clinics, students would work in pairs to conduct preliminary screenings and route survivors to attorneys as needed.
Additionally, students may have the opportunity to work on the development of a self-identification tool that will be used to help survivors identify signs of exploitation, and would give service providers (namely, attorneys) a better understanding of what services may be needed by those survivors.
Immigration Research: In partnership with the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, BATPro members work on researching and drafting legal guidelines for practitioners. In previous years, members drafted a complex litigation guide for victims of trafficking who sought to apply for a T-Visa. Projects change depending on the semester, but one project per semester is standard.
Community Coordination Team: BATPro actively works to educate the community about the clandestine criminal enterprise that is human trafficking. This comes in the form of legal writing, educational presentations, planned lectures, and working with local organizations to bring awareness to the cause. In the past, BATPro presented an expert attorney panel lunch discussion focused on how Super Bowl 50, held in the Bay Area, affected local human trafficking. Last year, BATPro developed a student information guide and gave interactive presentations at local high schools on the topics of labor trafficking and sex trafficking. Next year, BATPro hopes to expand this group, engaging with other local nonprofits and anti-trafficking groups to impact change on the local level. Depending on the number of interested students, this prong of BATPro may also work in conjunction with DSCS to develop the self-identification tool discussed above.
Time Commitment: Normal time commitment, including trainings, varies by program. Some programs only require approximately 10 hours per semester, where others would fall more in the range of 20-30 hours per semester. Flexibility exists in assigning programs, and if someone expresses an interest in a lower time commitment, they can be placed accordingly.
For more information, please contact the student leaders at BATPro@berkeley.edu.
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