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Lauren Barter

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

The Project

This Fellowship will provide legal resources to the underrepresented, vulnerable migrant farmworker population in Southern Migrant Legal Services’ six-state service area (Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana). Lauren will be supporting workers when they decide to speak out against their employers and are perhaps most vulnerable, and hopefully help to deter employers from such abuses.

This project is to assist migrant farmworkers who are victims of labor trafficking in obtaining T visas and in seeking damages from their former employers and/or traffickers via litigation, using the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and breach of contract claims, among others.

Lauren has worked with immigrant victims of crime in prior employment positions and she is eager to work with a similar population again. She speaks Spanish, which is helpful in work with migrant farmworkers, where the majority of clients are Spanish speakers, so it facilitates communication and services. She is also suited for the position because of her patience and empathy for her clients during an incredibly challenging, uncertain, and often terrifying time.

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