STATE: Needed - A Lawyer to help human trafficking victims
South Carolina Law Firm Seeks Justice for Survivors of Human Trafficking
S.C. Legal Services wins grant to hire equal justice attorney
Columbia - South Carolina Legal Services has won a grant that will allow the non-profit law organization to hire an attorney who will represent survivors of human trafficking in South Carolina.
The Crime Victims Justice Corps Legal Fellow will ensure that victims have access to their rights in the Palmetto State.
As 2017 came to a close, South Carolina law enforcement reported that 72 active cases of human trafficking in the state. Each case involved one victim. But most involve multiple victims.
“Most people think of slavery as a thing of the past. But, it is not,” said Rusty Infinger, General Counsel for S.C. Legal Services. “When right-minded prosecutors take down the men who are at the top of criminal enterprises, young girls and women are left physically scared, facing criminal charges themselves and are often on the hook for fraudulent financial deals. They need a personal lawyer, not just a public defender.”
The fellowship from Equal Justice Works (EJW) is for two years, from June 2018 until May 2020.
The EJW Fellow will provide legal services, outreach and education to address the needs of human trafficking victims. This will include matters involving family law, education, employment, immigration, and consumer protection, as well as enforcing crime victims’ rights. Each year, EWJ funds hundreds of public interest attorneys to close the justice gap on issues such as foreclosure, community economic development, immigration, civil rights, homelessness, access to healthcare, and domestic violence. This program is supported by an award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, and private funding.
About South Carolina Legal Services:
SCLS is South Carolina’s only statewide non-profit law firm. For more than 50 years, it has provided civil legal services to protect the rights and represent the interests of low income South Carolinians. Attorneys, paralegals and support staff are located in offices throughout the state. For more information or to apply for services, visit www.sclegal.org