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Post-Conviction Advocacy for Survivors of Human Trafficking: A Guide for Attorneys

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This non-State-specific manual provides general information to guide lawyers who are new to post-conviction relief practices for survivors of human trafficking, with attention to vacatur laws enacted by many States, which provide an opportunity for certain trafficking survivors to have their criminal convictions vacated when they involve crimes they were forced to commit by their traffickers, such as prostitution.
This guide serves as a roadmap for practitioners who will be representing trafficking survivors in post-conviction efforts to clear, vacate, expunge, or seal criminal records. It contains important filing considerations for motion practice, best practices for employing a trauma-informed approach to client interviewing and representation, and other best practices for advocates.
Date Created: July 4, 2017