Hunter, a survivor of domestic violence, was awarded clemency by Gov. John Kasich. On July 15, 2019, Thomia “Mia” Hunter was walked out of the Ohio Reformatory for Women. She was incarcerated for 15 years. “Thank you,” Mia said, moments after walking out of the prison. “This is a miracle from God.” Mia was greeted […]
Update: On July 15, 2019, Mia walked out of the Ohio Reformatory for Women and started a new life in the free world! Read more about Mia’s release here. The Ohio Justice & Policy Center is overjoyed that Gov. John Kasich has granted Thomia Hunter’s request for clemency. Mia was sentenced to life in prison […]
How Assigning or Assuming Blame Impacts Sex Trafficking Survivors By: Verjine Adanalian As an attorney who advocates exclusively for sex trafficking survivors, I often get asked: what’s the hardest part of the job? My answer usually surprises people—it’s dealing with the concept of blame. Who or what is to blame for what happened to my […]
COLUMBUS, Ohio — On Wednesday, survivors of human trafficking and their advocates are celebrating a legislative victory. Senate Bill 4 will allow survivors of trafficking to expunge their records of most crimes that can be linked back to trafficking. This clarifies opportunities the Safe Harbor Act intended to grant survivors when it was enacted six […]
There’s a bill in the hands of our state House of Representatives that would allow survivors to expunge most crimes that can be linked back to trafficking. This bill, Senate Bill 4, is a good bill — it has OJPC’s support. This bill passed the Senate unanimously in June 2017. Now, it sits in the House Criminal Justice Committee awaiting a hearing. While this bill collects dust, survivors of human trafficking continue to hit roadblocks due to a criminal record.