Law students participating in HTIC provide immigration screenings to potential victims of trafficking who have been arrested for prostitution-related offenses. The Brooklyn Human Trafficking Intervention Court treats defendants for prostitution-related offenses as potential victims in need of services rather than criminals, and they are put in touch with Sanctuary for Families. Columbia students doing this pro bono project work with Sanctuary attorneys to interview foreign-born individuals with cases before the Human Trafficking Intervention Court to identify any trafficking-based or other immigration remedies potentially available to them.
**The screenings are on Wednesdays only** and students can sign up for a morning shift (9:30 am – 1 pm) or afternoon shift (12:00 pm – 3:30 pm). We strongly recommend students sign up for two or three Wednesday shifts per semester.
How: Please submit the application on google forms by Thursday, September 14th at 11:59 pm.
Why HTIC? The Human Trafficking Intervention Courts represent a significant shift in the way prostitution is viewed by the New York justice system. In New York, human trafficking is largely dominated by the sex trade, and those in prostitution are often victims of coercion, neglect, and abuse. As many as 70% of women arrested for prostitution in New York City were trafficked. The services we provide to screen foreign-born defendants to identify possible immigration relief are crucial to these individuals’ ability to establish safety and rebuild their lives.
Important: In order to participate in HTIC, you must attend the entire training session. Please note: the training will be recorded and available online for participants who cannot physically attend this session. If you attended the training for HTIC before, you don't need to re-train, but please send an email to [email protected] indicating that you are interested in continuing to volunteer.
HTIC is open to all students (JDs and LLMs) and counts toward fulfilling the mandatory pro-bono requirement for 2Ls and 3Ls.