The Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center, a legal program of the Santa Clara University School of Law, has been awarded a $300,000, two-year grant from the US Department of Justice to help victims of human trafficking, a little-known but persistent problem in the South Bay area.
For the past six years, KGACLC has been a member of the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, which includes at least a half-dozen law enforcement agencies, divisions, and task forces. KGACLC provides immigration-related legal representation to victims, who are typically entitled to legal residency if their case is validated and pursued by law enforcement.
Locally, victims of human trafficking tend to be immigrants brought to the U.S. (legally or illegally) under false pretenses by friends, relatives, or purported employers, only to be forced to work excessively long hours at little or no pay. KGACLC has counseled more than a dozen such victims who worked in local restaurants, homes, agricultural settings, or in sex trades. Victims are men, women, and children from countries throughout the world, but can also include citizens and residents of the United States.
The $300,000 grant will be used partly to continue the work of the South Bay Coalition in conjunction with the Santa Clara County’s Office of Women’s Policy. The remainder will be shared jointly by KGACLC, Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, Community Solutions, and the YWCA Rape Crisis Center in order to provide comprehensive, coordinated legal and social services to victims of human trafficking. Read more.