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Stephanie Martinez

  • Hosted by Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Seattle, Washington
  • Law school University of Washington School of Law
  • Issue area Human Trafficking and Victim’s Rights Enforcement
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Crime Victims Justice Corps

The Project

This Fellowship focused on representing survivors of labor and sex trafficking in immigration legal matters. Noncitizen survivors of labor and sex trafficking make up an extremely vulnerable population with little access to state and federal benefits. For many survivors, a T Nonimmigrant Visa is their only hope to a full pathway to recovery, independence, and U.S. Citizenship. This Fellowship partnered with Homeland Security investigations and social services agencies like the International Rescue Committee to provide a holistic service to these survivors. Stephanie represented survivors of labor and sex trafficking in immigration legal matters. 

Stephanie is dedicated to immigrant rights. She comes from a family of immigrants from Central America, some of whom are still going through the immigration process to live in the United States. She spent the 18 months before her Fellowship working as a solo practitioner and representing detained immigrants at the Northwest Detention Center. She believes that immigrants deserve the same constitutional protections as United States citizens and wants to dedicate her career to fighting for immigrant rights. 

Fellowship

During her Fellowship, Stephanie built partnerships with a variety of agencies that can help provide legal remedies to survivors of trafficking including Homeland Security Investigations, the Department of Labor, and local state offices of Labor and Industries. She developed and conducted trainings for both legal advocates and social service providers to bring awareness on how to identify and serve survivors of human trafficking. She also provided direct representation to both detained and non-detained survivors of trafficking. 

Media

Collaborating Across the Nation, Fellows Team Up to Protect the Civil Legal Needs of the Underserved

The Equal Justice Works Fellowship Program gave me an opportunity to focus my immigration law practice on working with survivors of trafficking.

Stephanie Martinez /
2018 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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