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Robin Richardson

2013, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Robin Richardson

Robin Richardson

Name of Host Organization: Urban Justice Center's Sex Workers Project
City, State: New York, New York
Issue area: Immigrant Populations - Trafficking/Slavery
Sponsors: Friends & Family of Philip M. Stern

The Project

Robin identified, represented, and advocated for indigent victims of sex trafficking in New York City who are discriminated against by employers based on the criminal record they incurred while trafficked.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
Victims of sex trafficking often face discrimination based upon their criminal record—a record that is the direct result of having been trafficked. Among other things, this impacts the ability of victims to find employment to provide for themselves and their family. Without the ability to earn a living, there is a high risk that victims will return to their trafficker. Though New York state has passed a law enabling sex trafficking victims to vacate their convictions, the law leaves countless victims vulnerable, either because they have convictions in other states, their convictions are not covered by the statute, or they face discrimination while their vacatur motion is pending.