Project on Legal Remedies for Victims of Human Trafficking

Date Range: 2015 Project Lead: Center for Civil & Human Rights

This project explores how legal systems around the world can better protect the interests of trafficking victims. Poor implementation and interpretation of existing law, limited resources, trends to criminalize victims, and complicating immigration policies commonly leave victims without effective legal remedies. The immediate response to human trafficking is often to call upon NGOs and international organizations to provide short-term crisis relief, thus deflecting attention and resources away from the domestic legal actors who hold the keys to sustainable improvement. This project tackles the question of what features of legal systems - and what legal tools - most effectively help human trafficking victims in the long run. A comparative analysis of remedies structures across countries will lay the groundwork for a comprehensive report on what works. CCHR is partnering with The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center on this project.