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Legal Anti-Trafficking Working Group

The weekly working group is an informal opportunity for attorneys and legal service providers to ask questions and share experiences about handling human trafficking cases. This is an opportunity to get technical assistance at no cost from legal professionals across the country.  As an added benefit, you will have access to updates in anti-trafficking legal and policy issues.

The legal group call is every Wednesday from 12-1 PM PST/3-4 PM EST.

To join, please sign up here:

Social Services Monthly TA Call

This unique call is an opportunity for social service providers and case managers to speak with attorneys to learn about best practices in working with legal service providers such as protecting privilege/confidentiality, working with attorneys, accessing public benefits, and potential legal remedies for your clients.

The social service Monthly TA call is every fourth Thursday from 12-1 PM PST/3-4 PM EST starting March 24, 2016!

To Join, please sign up here:

Individual Technical Assistance

CAST seeks to provide individual technical assistance and resources to legal service providers and social service providers/case managers who are assisting trafficking survivors with legal issues in the following areas of law:

  • Immigration
  • Criminal Re-Entry
  • Reporting to Law Enforcement
  • Ethics
  • Criminal Victim Witness Advocacy
  • Program Support
  • Referrals
  • Civil
  • and More…

For individual TA Call or Email
Weekdays from 9 AM – 5 PM PST: (888) 507-0193
(Please allow for a 48 hours turn-around time)

We also encourage you to sign up for the Working Group to stay current on anti-trafficking trends:

Legal Training

2 Hour American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Training

This introductory 2 hour training on human trafficking and immigration relief for trafficking victims provides a condensed presentation to AILA members on immigration, criminal, and civil remedies. 2 MCLE credits are available.

Training cost is FREE.
For updates on future trainings:

8 hour Southern California Pro Bono Attorney Training

This comprehensive 8 hour training offers an in depth introduction to the legal immigration benefits available for trafficking survivors, including detailed information on applying for T and U visas, information on working effectively with law enforcement, and an overview of the civil remedies available to trafficking survivors. 6 MCLE credits are available.

Training cost is FREE if you commit to representing one human trafficking case pro bono within the year OR $300 for materials and training if you are unable to take on a case.

For updates on future trainings:

16 Hour Attorney Training

Our two-day training is a thorough overview of the legal issues faced by U.S. citizens and foreign national victims of human trafficking, including criminal victim witness advocacy issues, civil remedies, and immigration benefits. It is relevant to attorneys in many different areas of practice, including Criminal, Civil, Family, Dependency, Delinquency, and Immigration. This training provides up to 14 hours of MCLE credits including Legal Ethics credit for participants who attend both full days.

CAST is looking for Sponsor Agencies throughout the United States to co-host Two Day Attorney Trainings. If your agency is interested in hosting this training, please visit this link to see a sample agenda and complete the interest form here:

Legal Resources

ASISTA's listservs!
If you're working on Us, VAWAs, and Ts, consider joining the VAWAExperts listserv to get specialized help on these immigration options.

For a Prosecution lens at trafficking issues, check out AEquitas's library. They also have some good resources on restitution in trafficking cases!

The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center
HT Pro Bono works to obtain criminal convictions, criminal restitution, and civil judgments against traffickers. They have an amazing resource library and the only comprehensive database on federal civil trafficking cases filed in U.S. federal courts.

National Crime Victim Law Institute
NCVLI has a team of legal experts providing technical assistance on general Criminal Victim Witness Advocacy. (not just in trafficking)

Supporting Fraud as an Independent Basis for a T Visa
University of Arkansas School of Law and CAST

A Guide for Legal Advocates Providing Services to Victims of Trafficking
Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

A Guide to Human Trafficking and the T-Visa Process
American University Washington College of Law and The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund

Policy Papers on Human Trafficking for Legal Service Providers
Freedom Network

Close to Slavery: A Report on Guestworker Programs in the United States
Southern Poverty Law Center

Identification and Legal Advocacy for Trafficking Survivors, 3rd Edition
New York Anti-Trafficking Network

Meeting the Legal Needs of Human Trafficking Victims: An Introduction for Domestic
Violence Attorneys and Advocates Jean Bruggeman and Elizabeth Keyes

Reconceptualizing Approaches to Human Trafficking: New Directions and Perspectives from the Field(s)
Loyola Law School Legal Studies Paper No. 2007-47

Gaining the Trust of Your Victim-Witness: A Guide for Law Enforcement Working Human Trafficking Cases
Global Freedom Center, Kelly Heinrich & Jennifer Podkul

The IOM Handbook: Direct Assistance for Victims of Trafficking
International Organization for Migration

Interviewing Trafficked Person’s Guidelines
World Health Organization

Trafficking, Demand and the Sex Market
Lin Lean Lim

Meeting the Legal Needs of Child Trafficking Victims: An Introduction for Children’s Attorneys & Advocates
Eva Klain & Amanda Kloer

Other Resources

OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (OVCTTAC)
Victim Assistance Training Online

Care for Trafficked Children

United Nations Crime Commission

Human Trafficking Trends in the United States
Polaris Project

National Human Trafficking Hotline, Training and Resources
Trafficking Resource Center

Child Trafficking Resource Project
Studies show that the trafficking of minors may comprise as much as 30 to 50 percent of all trafficking cases, however only 13 percent of trafficking cases currently identified and assisted by the U.S. Government are minors. In response to this disparity between identifying child trafficking and its actual existence, CAST created a Child Trafficking Outreach Initiative to provide resources and training to organizations that could help to identify and serve trafficked minors. The Child Trafficking Resource Project (CTRP) is the cornerstone of this Outreach Initiative and was established to increase identification of child trafficking survivors in the Los Angeles Area.
Click here to visit the CTRP Web site with valuable resources and training manuals.