U of A Law School students Savannah Luna and Alex Millsap have created a national resource for survivors of human trafficking and professionals seeking to support them. The project was part of student work at the Anti-Human Trafficking Clinic, one of six clinic opportunities available to law students as part of the School of Law’s Legal Clinic.
Luna and Millsap’s client was the Los Angeles-based organization Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking. According to the coalition’s technical assistance team, they wanted to create a “widely accessible starting point to help those who provide services to trafficked persons understand whether their communications with them are likely to be protected and how best to protect them.
Luna and Millsap have worked tirelessly to research and review existing resources and communications protected by state law privilege. The result is the National Survey of State Law Privileged Communications for Human Trafficking Service Providers, a comprehensive online tool accessible to all who need it.
“The Coalition’s Training and Technical Assistance Project greatly appreciates the clinic’s support in finding long-term projects that can benefit the community that supports survivors of human trafficking,” said Erika Gonzalez, Senior Training and Technical Assistance Counsel for the Coalition. to abolish slavery and the slave trade. “This survey was especially needed to get an up-to-date overview of lien laws in the United States that can be helpful to both legal and non-legal providers. With the help of the clinic, we now have a tool that can be easily updated and used by the field.”
“The project was a great experience,” Millsap said. “It was overwhelming when we first sat down and thought about it, but we just set our sights on the end user and the project slowly took its final shape around that.”
“The best part about this human trafficking clinic project is that not only were we able to help our client CAST, but our research will help people across the United States better understand the complex laws surrounding privileged communications. “, said Luna. “It’s an amazing experience to know that this work will reach many people across the country.”
Gonzalez added that Millsap and Luna were thoughtful in their approach and had a big vision, which turned the coalition idea into a practical product. “We were excited to provide students with a project that could provide an overview of how we support advocates working in this area.”
The Law School’s Legal Clinic was first run by Professor Hillary Rodham Clinton in 1975 to give students hands-on training in representing real clients in real-life legal situations and to provide a much-needed service to the Northwest from Arkansas. Learn more about the training and experience offered to students in the Law School Legal Clinics and the essential legal services the program provides to the community.
If you or someone you know might be a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-737-3888 or text 233-733.
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