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Removing Barriers to Legal Services for Asian Pacific Islander Victims of Human Trafficking

Award Information

Award #
Funding Category
Competitive Discretionary
Areas Served
Geographical Areas Served
  • Los Angeles County
  • Orange County
Indicates all geographic areas to which services are provided, excluding states. See States Served.
States Served
Indicates all applicable states in which services are provided.
Awardee County
Los Angeles
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $800,000)

The Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) will implement the Removing Barriers to Legal Services for Asian Pacific Islander Victims of Human Trafficking Program. The purpose is to allow immigrant and limited English proficient victims of human trafficking meaningful and comprehensive access to legal services; equip community organizations to adopt a trauma-informed, victim-centered, culturally competent approach to serving immigrant and LEP victims; and identify and remove specific barriers to access of legal services for immigrant, LEP Chinese and Filipino victims of trafficking in greater Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Project activities include legal staff  providing direct civil legal services to victims of trafficking; providing specialized training and technical assistance to community organizations; collaborating with community organizations and law enforcement agencies to raise awareness of trafficking and victims’ options for legal recourse; collaborating with immigrant, LEP Chinese and Filipino community stakeholders to identify and respond to barriers they face in accessing legal services; hosting public awareness and outreach campaigns for the targeted communities; and working with an external evaluator to assess LAFLA’s efficacy in implementing community input in the service delivery model.

Date Created: September 27, 2023