Victoria Marie Sexton

  • Hosted by Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Inc
  • Sponsored by The Florida Bar Foundation
  • Service location Plantation, Florida
  • Law school Georgetown University Law Center
  • Issue area Human Trafficking and Victim’s Rights Enforcement
  • Fellowship class year 2019
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

Victoria represented survivors of human trafficking with holistic civil legal services in Broward County, Florida.

Human trafficking is a grossly underreported crime that affects us all. Trafficking can happen to anyone regardless of race, gender, or socio-economic status. Survivors of human trafficking often face an array of legal issues due to their victimization. These legal issues may be related to family law, immigration law, expungements, civil injunctions, and name changes for protection. Victoria’s project provided free comprehensive civil legal services to survivors of human trafficking to limit the re-traumatization survivors often experience when seeking assistance from multiple attorneys.

Fellowship Highlights

During the two-year Fellowship, Victoria:

  • Provided direct legal services to over 20 survivors of human trafficking
  • Secured successful outcomes for clients, including reuniting a survivor with her children after years apart, protecting a survivor from her trafficker by changing her name, expunging a survivor’s criminal record related to her victimization, obtaining funding to prevent an eviction for a survivor, and representing a survivor in obtaining a civil injunction for protection against her abuser
  • Served as the co-chair of the S.T.R.I.P.E.S. committee, a sub-committee of the Broward Human Trafficking Coalition that focused on assisting adult survivors and worked with local service providers to identify and address gaps in services
  • Engaged in robust coalition building and community outreach, attended over 90 meetings with human trafficking focused alliances, taskforces, and coalitions
  • Delivered nine presentations to audiences of verified survivors and/or potential survivors of human trafficking, shared information on available legal options and the services provided by the project
  • Conducted 20 presentations for coalitions, taskforces, and community providers reaching over 2,500 attendees with information on human trafficking, its impact in Broward County, and how the project assists survivors

Next Steps

Victoria will remain at Coast to Coast Legal Aid as a staff attorney in the Family Law Unit, where she will continue to serve and represent survivors of human trafficking.

Media

Coast To Coast Legal Aid Lands Federal Human Trafficking Grant

Victoria Sexton Profile in Good Legal Aid Service of Broward County

EJW Fellow Advocates for the Future of Human Trafficking Survivors the Florida Bar Foundation

Working with survivors and creating new chapters in their lives through legal means is the most fulfilling and meaningful work I can engage in.

Victoria Sexton /
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