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Emma Hughes

  • Hosted by Indiana Legal Services, Inc.
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Law school Indiana University Maurer School of Law
  • Issue area Human Trafficking and Victim’s Rights Enforcement
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Crime Victims Justice Corps

The Project

Emma helped address the legal needs of survivors of human trafficking, including immigration petitions, civil lawsuits, and victim advocacy with law enforcement as well as in criminal cases. She helped to address the gap in legal resources and support services for survivors of labor trafficking in Indiana by conducting outreach to vulnerable populations, leading training to community partners, and providing legal services to survivors. 

Emma attended law school to become a competent advocate for immigrant rights and soon became interested in public interest law. A great deal of her studies and work have centered on immigrant populations and English language learners. Her previous employment with a refugee resettlement organization and later as an attorney at an immigration firm increased her understanding that an effective advocate for immigrants must not only be organized and attentive but also extremely compassionate. Emma feels these attributes are also necessary when representing survivors of human trafficking. 

Media

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