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Hilary Chadwick

2017, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Hilary Chadwick

Hilary Chadwick

Name of Host Organization: National Immigrant Justice Center
City, State: Chicago, Illinois
Issue area: Immigrant Populations
Sponsors: Aon, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

The Project

Increase identification and protection of recently arrived immigrants fleeing human trafficking by educating service providers, providing legal representation, and expanding access to counsel.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
The New York Times named Chicago “a national hub for human trafficking.” Due to increased immigration detention, many undocumented trafficking survivors become ensnared in complex legal proceedings with seemingly insurmountable barriers to accessing justice, including no right to appointed counsel, finite legal knowledge and limited, if any, English. The failure to self-identify and fear of disclosing their trauma creates obstacles for service providers to identify survivors.
The Right Person For This Project
Hilary is the right person for the project because:
• Over the past six years, she has served immigrant survivors of trafficking in Mexico City, New York City, Washington, DC, Boston and Chicago
• She has worked on anti-trafficking initiatives in diverse environments, such as an international NGO, a law firm, a law school clinic, and legal services organizations
• After serving as the Pro Bono Coordinator at a law firm, she has experience managing successful pro bono projects
Plans For First Six Months of Fellowship
In the first six months, Hilary will:
• Educate 5-10 social, medical and faith-based service providers to implement human trafficking screening tools and legal referral protocol
• Conduct legal and social needs assessment and referrals for 10-12 immigrant survivors of trafficking
• Create training materials for pro bono attorneys representing trafficking survivors in their immigration cases