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 will advocate for human trafficking survivors in Broward County, Florida by providing them with holistic direct civil legal services.

South Florida is considered a “hot spot” for human trafficking. Over the last five years, the number of Florida human trafficking cases reported has almost tripled. Sadly, these statistics reveal only the tip of the iceberg. The need for legal services for survivors is sky rocketing as more individuals become victims of trafficking each year. Victoria’s survivor advocacy project will focus on providing direct legal services to survivors in Broward County, Florida. This project will provide survivors with holistic representation to help them overcome past victimization and move forward in their lives.

Fellowship Plans

Given the variety of legal issues survivors face, Victoria will take a holistic approach to her legal representation by serving survivors in multiple proceedings. Victoria will help survivors obtain civil injunctions which provide legal protection and act as enforceable civil no contact orders. She will represent survivors in divorce proceedings to help legally separate them from their traffickers or others they were forced into marrying. She will help survivors expunge their records and begin their new lives without the barriers of a criminal record. She will help survivors obtain U-Visas or T-Visas, if needed. Lastly, she will represent survivors with children in custodial cases to establish legal and physical rights.

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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