Representing Survivors of Human Trafficking

A Promising Practices Handbook
1st Edition
by Ivy C. Lee & Lynette M. Parker
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Representing Survivors of Human Trafficking: A Promising Practice Handbook.  This handbook contains lessons learned and promising practice tips in the context of a team-based approach to serving human trafficking survivors.  It is based on years of experience representing survivors of human trafficking acquired by the authors, national experts Ivy C. Lee and Lynette M. Parker. These lessons and tips focus on the experiences of the San Francisco Bay region, but may have applicability to other regions of the United States. The objective of this handbook is to assist advocates for survivors of human trafficking, attorneys and non-attorneys, who are critical to the successful stabilization of those who have been victimized by human trafficking. Written primarily for immigration legal service providers and the private bar, the comprehensive analysis of how to approach a trafficking case will also be valuable to case managers, health care providers, and law enforcement agencies as well.

The objective of this handbook is to provide a roadmap based on real cases, including the mistakes and lessons learned and promising practices, that will hopefully save other advocates time and energy as you continue to build more effective capacity for assisting trafficked persons.  The roadmap includes an overview of the basics, as well as fundamentals of trafficking cases for a team-based model to serve survivors of trafficking.  Included are tips for identifying a potential victim of human trafficking, addressing the most common questions about a trafficking situation, how to deal with the practical challenges of a trafficking case, employing the diverse options for relief that you may be available to your client, and, importantly, supporting both the survivors and the service providers of a trafficking case.

Authors Ivy Lee and Lynette Parker have been working and writing on behalf of trafficking survivors for more than 10 years. Their extensive experience makes this handbook particularly thoughtful, relevant, and comprehensive. The Immigrant Legal Resource Center is pleased to publish this important handbook, expanding the resources available to address legal options for human trafficking survivors.