The Human Trafficking and Exploitation Law Project (HELP) is a project within the Children’s Advocacy Clinic. HELP students represent individual children survivors of sex and labor trafficking, provide community presentations/outreach on human trafficking, and advocate for legislation to prevent trafficking in Florida and the United States. HELP’s advocacy is both domestic and international. HELP aims to ban the importation of all goods in the United States produced through enslaved labor and forced child labor.
HELP students work on: 1) individual cases of children who have been trafficked or who are at risk of being trafficked; 2) presentations and statewide trainings on trafficking prevention and survivor services; 3) legal strategies to prohibit forced child labor in global supply chains; and 4) empirical research projects on the prevalence of trafficked children in Florida.
HELP has accomplished the following:
1) Law reform: advocated to the Florida Board of Education for the adoption of a rule that requires each student to be taught human trafficking prevention. The rule passed unanimously. HELP’s law reform advocacy has impacted 2,791,526 Florida public school children annually.
2) Direct individual legal representation: HELP has obtained trauma therapy and safe houses/residential placements for many children survivors of human trafficking.
3) Statewide education: in collaboration with the Florida Council against Sexual Violence, HELP has created a podcast series, “Trial Practice: Supporting Survivors of Human Trafficking.” Podcast One, Introduction to Human Trafficking Prevention, is already available worldwide on Spotify. HELP has created two videos that have been widely circulated on Forced Child Labor and Chocolate. In addition, HELP students routinely participate in and conduct statewide trainings on trafficking prevention and services.