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Allison Gill Sanford

  • Hosted by Free To Thrive
  • Sponsored by The Vertex Foundation
  • Service location San Diego, California
  • Law school Harvard Law School
  • Issue area Human Trafficking and Victim’s Rights Enforcement, Racial Justice
  • Fellowship class year 2021
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Allison (she/her/hers) will advocate for human trafficking survivors in Southern California by clearing criminal records and building community partnerships to expand access to justice. 

Thousands of vulnerable Californians are exploited each year by traffickers, who control their lives through violence and psychological coercion. Unfortunately, encounters with law enforcement often lead to the trafficking victim being charged with a crime instead of accessing needed services. A criminal record makes the situation worse because it prevents those who have been trafficked from obtaining employment, housing, and education opportunities. This project helps survivors get a clean slate, using a special California statute to vacate their criminal records and connecting them with trusted community partners to meet holistic needs. 

Fellowship Plans

Allison will provide direct representation to individual human trafficking survivors in Los Angeles to vacate their criminal records. She will also build community partnerships in the Los Angeles area to support survivors holistically and will recruit, train, and advise a statewide pro bono attorney network to increase access to justice for survivors in severely underserved areas. 


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