Hilary Chadwick

  • Hosted by National Immigrant Justice Center
  • Sponsored by Aon, Kirkland & Ellis
  • Service location Chicago, Illinois
  • Law school Boston University School of Law
  • Issue area Immigrant Populations
  • Fellowship class year 2017
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Due to increased immigration enforcement, 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. Yet, the greatest challenge most survivors face is that their suffering remains unrecognized. The failure to self-identify and fear of disclosing their trauma creates obstacles for service providers to identify survivors. If unidentified, survivors are at risk of being re-trafficked or deported, and the protections available to them under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act remain unattainable.

Highlights to Date

In the first year, Hilary has:

  • Provided legal advice to 63 survivors of labor and/or sex trafficking
  • Trained over 200 legal and non-legal service providers to identify human trafficking, resulting in increased access to legal representation
  • Launched a human trafficking pro bono project, which included a CLE training, manual, and ongoing assistance to attorneys representing survivors in their immigration cases
  • Presented at Aon’s Global Law Conference in Madrid, Spain, which educated private sector attorneys on human trafficking and pro bono representation of survivors
  • Coordinated the exit of a trafficking survivor held captive for 15 years
  • Written an article on the criminalization of sex trafficking for the American Bar Association’s forthcoming publication, The Impact of Domestic Violence on Your Legal Practice
  • Secured funding for a new attorney in the National Immigrant Justice Center’s Counter-Trafficking Project, thereby increasing case capacity and the project’s sustainability

What’s Next

In the next year, Hilary plans to:

  • Provide technical assistance and training to legal and non-legal service providers identifying survivors of trafficking
  • Represent survivors of labor and sex trafficking in their immigration cases, including cooperation with law enforcement and enforcement of victims’ rights
  • Place cases with and provide technical assistance to pro bono attorneys representing survivors in their immigration cases
  • Circulate best practices to national partners providing legal, social, and medical services to immigrants vulnerable to trafficking

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