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Magdalena Landa-Posas

  • Hosted by Colorado Legal Services
  • Sponsored by The Morrison & Foerster Foundation
  • Service location Denver, Colorado
  • Law school University of San Francisco School of Law
  • Issue area Children/Youth, Human Trafficking and Victim’s Rights Enforcement
  • Fellowship class year 2022
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Magdalena (she/her/hers) empowers immigrant children and youth survivors of human trafficking through direct representation, community outreach, and legal education.

There are 100 human trafficking cases on average in Colorado each year, with foreign national survivors demonstrably overrepresented. Labor trafficking in agriculture, construction, and landscaping are the most common among foreign nationals. Additionally, women survivors are more prevalent than men, with child survivors increasing since 2015.

Through legal advocacy, immigrant human trafficking survivors can seek humanitarian T Non-immigrant status (“T Visas”) and direct representation to pursue litigation against their traffickers. Litigation, in particular, is essential to deter future trafficking and stem human trafficking more broadly.

Fellowship Plans

Through this Fellowship, Magdalena will provide relief to youth who are immigrant human trafficking survivors through direct representation. She will pursue litigation claims against human traffickers and build on outreach & legal education provided to survivors.

Only when we treat all humans as humans under law will we truly understand the meaning of being human.

Magdalena Landa-Posas /
2022 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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