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

Hilary increased identification and protection of immigrant survivors of human trafficking by training service providers, providing legal representation, and expanding access to counsel.

Due to increased immigration enforcement and 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. 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 to identifying survivors. If unidentified, survivors are at risk of being re-trafficked or deported.

Fellowship Highlights

Hilary collaborated with Aon and Kirkland & Ellis to launch a T visa pro bono project, which increased access to counsel for undocumented trafficking survivors. She coordinated the exit of a survivor of labor-trafficking who had been held captive for over 14 years, and gained immigration status for a survivor of sex trafficking who had been wrongly identified as a perpetrator of crime and detained for over 26 months. Hilary increased the National Immigrant Justice Center’s capacity to identify and represent trafficking survivors, and published an article on “Sex Trafficking and Domestic Violence in the American Bar Association’s Third Edition of The Impact of Domestic Violence on Your Legal Practice.

What’s Next

After her Fellowship, Hilary will be joining the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services, where she will represent survivors of trafficking and immigrant victims of crime in the full scope of their legal matters, including immigration, family, criminal and civil law. Legal Aid Society is a leader in the anti-trafficking field and works with pro bono attorneys to file T visa cases and represent clients in federal civil suits against their traffickers.

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