Using Anti-trafficking Laws to Advance Workers’ Rights

Source: Spring Miller, Stacie Jonas, Clearinghouse Review, May 2015

The Trafficking Victims Protection Act has become an important tool for attorneys who represent vulnerable low-wage workers. It prohibits certain forms of coercive labor relationships, seeks to deter and punish those who benefit from those relationships, and establishes mechanisms to protect and compensate victims. The Legal Services Corporation issued a final rule in 2014 to clarify the extent of legal services that its programs may offer to trafficking victims.