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 into three sub-groups; these groups all have specific projects unique to their area, but all work on improving legal research and writing skills. There is opportunity within the group to organize speeches, work with local attorneys, or create advocacy projects. BATPro is a community, and programs require teamwork, professionalism, and interpersonal skills. The three subgroups of BATPro are:
Legal Services Support: In partnership with the Justice at Last, BATPro members work on active affirmative litigation against companies that rely on labor trafficking. Last year, BATPro members were assisting LAS-ELC to litigate against a fishing company that enslaved workers from Indonesia who finally escaped the ship in San Francisco.
Immigration Research: In partnership with Immigrant Legal Resource Center, BATPro members work on researching and drafting legal guidelines for practitioners. Last year, members drafted a complex litigation guide for victims of trafficking who which 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. Next year, BATPro hopes to expand this group, engaging with local nonprofits and anti-trafficking groups to impact change on the local level.
Normal time commitment, including trainings, vary by program. Some programs only need approximately 10 hours per semester, where others would fall in the range of 20-30 hours per semester. Flexibility exists in assigning programs, and if someone expresses an interest for a lower time commitment, they can be placed accordingly.
Video Recording of the Fall 2016 Immigration SLPS Information Session (Introduction to: Berkeley Immigration Group – Detention Project; Berkeley Immigration Law Clinic; Berkeley Law Anti-Trafficking Project; California Asylum Representation Clinic; East Bay Dreamer Clinic; and International Refugee Assistance Project). Recorded Thursday, September 1.
For more information, please contact the student leaders at berkeleylaw.anti.trafficking@g
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