SURVIVORS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING HAVE RIGHTS. WE CAN HELP.
The Human Trafficking Prevention Project (HTPP), a partnership between Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and University of Baltimore School of Law, focuses on reducing the collateral consequences of criminal legal involvement for survivors of human trafficking and those populations made most vulnerable to exploitation. The HTPP also ensures that survivors and other individuals can easily access free legal representation for a wide variety of civil legal matters.
HOW WE CAN HELP
HTPP staff and volunteer attorneys provide free legal representation to survivors of trafficking and other clients who have experienced domestic violence, sexual abuse, housing instability, and/or other types of trauma or inequities that make them more vulnerable to exploitation.
FREE LEGAL HELP WITH CRIMINAL RECORDS
HTPP attorneys can help expunge or shield criminal convictions and ask courts to vacate (set aside) prostitution and other trafficking-related convictions. The HTPP can help clients access and review their criminal records, and also has funds available to pay for fingerprinting services.
FREE HELP WITH CIVIL LEGAL ISSUES
HTPP clients are able to apply for free legal assistance with divorce, custody, consumer debt/bankruptcy, name and gender marker changes, landlord/tenant disputes, tax controversies, and other civil legal issues. If eligible, they will be connected with MVLS volunteer attorneys for help.
SERVICES FOR ALL
Services are provided regardless of race, nationality, ethnicity, age, religion, disability status, sex assigned at birth, gender identity, gender presentation, immigration status, or sexual orientation.
TRAINING & TECHNICAL HELP FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS
The HTPP also provides training and technical assistance to service providers on the availability of criminal record relief within the state of Maryland, as well as on working with survivors of trauma and other marginalized populations.