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Elizabeth Bray

  • Hosted by Legal Action of Wisconsin
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Oshkosh , Wisconsin
  • Law school The University of Michigan Law School
  • Issue area Human Trafficking and Victim’s Rights Enforcement
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Crime Victims Justice Corps

The Project

Human Trafficking has now been documented in all 72 counties and 11 federally-recognized Indian tribes in Wisconsin. Legal Action of Wisconsin launched its Human Trafficking Project in 2016 to provide comprehensive legal aid to victims of both sex and labor trafficking in the Milwaukee area. Legal Action’s Milwaukee-based trafficking attorney has worked for the past two years to develop close working relationships with law enforcement, prosecutors, and advocacy groups. Law enforcement and advocacy groups identify victims and refer them to the attorney for legal services. So far, the attorney’s client base has consisted solely of victims of sex trafficking who are also US citizens.

Elizabeth, who is based out of Legal Action’s Oshkosh office, will expand the Human Trafficking Project to serve the rest of the state.

Fellowship Plans

Elizabeth will focus on outreach. She will contact advocacy groups, task forces, agencies, and other stakeholders to learn about their experiences with trafficking across the state, discuss what kind of legal services the Human Trafficking Project can offer, and develop a referral process with these groups.

As Elizabeth develops her client base, she will begin to offer legal aid in any or all of the following service streams, depending on client needs: 1) wraparound civil legal assistance (to address legal problems that victims/survivors may have, including housing, benefits, family law, issues with inaccurate or misleading criminal records, restraining orders, driver’s license suspensions, municipal court warrants, immigration, etc.); 2) victims’ rights advocacy and rights enforcement; and 3) exploring the possibility of civil remedies.

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