It’s not like “Taken.” Human trafficking often involves much more than a dramatic abduction. By: Gabriel M. Fletcher Understanding the horrors of human trafficking requires more than an awareness that it exists. As an attorney working with survivors of both sex trafficking and labor trafficking (involuntary servitude), I am just beginning to scratch the surface […]
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.
Don’t know if this law applies to you or to the person who you are trying to help? This list of indicators and questions will help you figure out whether expungement for human trafficking may apply to a criminal record. If any apply or if you have questions on whether a situation applies, please contact us for assistance.