Megan Smith

  • Hosted by Mosaic Family Services
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Dallas, Texas
  • Law school University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School
  • Issue area Human Trafficking and Victim’s Rights Enforcement
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Crime Victims Justice Corps

The Project

Trafficking exists where you look for it. In other words, trafficking survivors can be found in a cross-section of social, class, ethnic, age, disability, immigration status, and racial groups. Megan was confident that there are trafficking survivors who are in removal proceedings. Thus, her project not only focused on screening for potential trafficking survivors but also representing trafficking survivors who were in removal proceedings. Further, given the increase in detention of non-citizens, it is ever more pressing to identify trafficking survivors who are detained to ensure that they can seek relief from removal. 

As an Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellow, Megan’s project focused on trafficking survivors.  She screened  individuals who are potential trafficking survivors. Further, she represented trafficking survivors in petitions to USCIS, and helped expand her host organization’s capacity for representing trafficking survivors in removal proceedings. 

Megan’s professional experience made her the right person for this Fellowship. She brought two years of experience as an attorney advisor in the Executive Office for Immigration Review, Department of Justice to this position. Further, Megan has past experience providing direct services to asylum seekers in the United States and abroad. 

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