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U.S. Law School to Open Human Trafficking Clinic in Mexico

U.S. Law School to Open Human Trafficking Clinic in Mexico

The University of Michigan Law School has received a $300,000 federal grant to open a human trafficking clinic in Mexico.

The school already has the Human Trafficking Clinic at home, the first legal clinic dedicated solely to trafficking. The clinic allows students to exercise their practical skills in the legal field in addition to running community outreach and education initiatives. Founder Bridgette Carr explains, “Not only do the students gain valuable advocacy skills, they have been … instrumental in protecting victims’ rights, in shaping the policy conversation, and in drafting the language used in amendments to trafficking laws.”

The new clinic to open in 2011 in Zacatecas, Mexico will have U-M law students will assist in cases and train staff, working alongside the NGO Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (Center for Migrant Rights) and the law school Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas, Unidad Académica de Derecho.

CDM founder and executive director Rachel Micah-Jones comments, “This clinical partnership is an exciting, innovative and true collaboration between CDM and law school clinics on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Students will provide legal representation to vulnerable migrant communities those legal needs often cross borders. In doing so, students will develop the skills to be transnational advocates in this new ecoconmy.”

The U.S. estimates that 20,000 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year.

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1:35PM PDT on Oct 24, 2010

as a mexican i really thank this project!
congratulations!

8:09PM PDT on Oct 23, 2010

Great action taking place!

1:32PM PDT on Oct 23, 2010

thank god these children are helping now lets open these schools everywhere especially since we have students willing to do good work Human Trafficking is the most ungodly inhuman insane attack on the vulnerable it is too terrible to really comprehend and has to be stopped

6:16PM PDT on Oct 22, 2010

At least some of our college students are doing good in the world and not only thinking about how much money they will make. Hope it's
contagious.

4:59PM PDT on Oct 18, 2010

Go to www.somaly.org to learn about a great woman, who is a MAJOR advocate for human trafficking.

4:08PM PDT on Oct 18, 2010

Any monies put into education and prevention for Human Traficking is great news!

1:22PM PDT on Oct 17, 2010

Unfortunately, while ever corporate capitalism remains an acceptable ethos within 'civilised' society, every type of abuse against the poor, children, women and animals will continue i.e. one crime breeds others...

7:42PM PDT on Oct 16, 2010

There are alot of funds out there for anyone wishing to do anything that is beneficial. God bless all that can do anything about trafficking. It's just amazing how human kind can find so many ways to violate people.

6:48PM PDT on Oct 16, 2010

20,000 INTO THE U.S. ! ! ! ! !
Perhaps we should SUE OUR OWN NATION for HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS!!!!!!

5:13PM PDT on Oct 16, 2010

Thanks for the information.

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