Nate Knapper, J.D.

Founder & CEO, The Joseph Project

Legal First Responders: Closing the Justice Gap for Human Trafficking Survivors

  • Other Session
  • October 21 2021 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Human trafficking survivors face a range of legal obstacles that arise from their exploitative circumstances, including criminal record impediments, family law obstacles, and immigration challenges. Yet, they often lack the knowledge and the financial means to secure skilled legal representation. Known as the “Justice Gap,” this inability to secure legal assistance often impedes survivors from moving toward a brighter future. In this presentation, Nate Knapper discusses the urgent need to close this Justice Gap through the establishment of a national network of “Legal First Responders” -- an army of attorneys committed to servicing survivors’ legal needs on a pro bono basis.

This presentation will accomplish the following objectives:

(1) familiarize attendees with the most prevalent legal needs of human trafficking survivors;
(2) describe the severity of the Justice Gap among the survivor population; and
(3) propose a solution that will bridge the Justice Gap for survivors nationwide.