The Boalt 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.
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Prevention: Every week, BATPro members teach informative and motivational lessons on human trafficking and healthy alternatives to “the life” to trafficked and at-risk youth in Alameda County. While in previous years we have taught these lessons to the girls unit at juvenile hall, we are exploring options to expand the project to teach in a boys unit as well as at a local high school next year. This project allows the unique opportunity for mentorship of the youth who need it most.
Litigation: In partnership with the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center (LAS-ELC), 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: In partnership with Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, BATPro members will assist with drafting T-Visa applications for Spanish-speaking victims of trafficking. This project will provide BATPro members with the opportunity to fight trafficking from an immigration standpoint and to improve Spanish language skills.
Educational and Outreach Events: BATPro actively works to educate the community about the clandestine criminal enterprise that is human trafficking. Last year, BATPro presented an expert attorney panel lunch discussion focused on how Super Bowl 50, held in the Bay Area, affected local human trafficking. Next semester, BATPro plans to host a university-wide training conference on recognizing and addressing labor trafficking.
Time Commitment: Around 35 hours for the entire academic year: 20 hours for the first semester and 15 hours for the second semester, with more hours included in the beginning of the first semester due to the concentration of trainings, meetings and procedural tasks. Weekly commitments will vary throughout the semester depending on which aspects of the project the member is involved in, but will likely range from 1-4 hours a week.
Video Recording of the Fall 2016 Immigration SLPS Information Session (Introduction to: Berkeley Immigration Group – Detention Project; Berkeley Immigration Law Clinic; Boalt Anti-Trafficking Project; California Asylum Representation Clinic; East Bay Dreamer Clinic; and International Refugee Assistance Project). Recorded Thursday, September 1.
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