2013-2014 Annual Fund
“After drug dealing, trafficking of humans is tied with arms dealing as the second largest criminal industry in the world, and is the fasted growing.” – Department of Health and Human Services
The Immigration Rights Clinic at Coastal Law provides the only pro bono representation of immigrant human trafficking victims in Northeast Florida. “Sarah”, pictured above, was referred to the clinic in fall 2012. Her journey to the United States is a story of deception, abuse and tragedy. “Sarah” came to the clinic in immediate need of representation regarding the important legal issues she faced, but as a non-English speaking resident, there was so much she did not understand.
In Florida, there are more laws than ever in place to protect residents, help victims and prosecute predators. However, there is still important work to be done. Human traffickers view our state as one of the most attractive destinations and transit points for victims and Florida accounts for the third-highest call volume to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.
In “Sarah’s” case and many others, student clinicians spend long hours interviewing and preparing the necessary court documents to change or maintain the client’s current citizenship status. In addition to legal work, students routinely transport clients to court in Orlando, provide meals and clothing, and many times pay for finger printing, translation and other services. These costs are not reimbursed.
The Legal Clinics at Coastal Law operate solely on donated funds and countless student and Certified Legal Intern hours. The Foundation’s goal for the 2013-2014 Annual Fund is to provide support for these clinical programs that fill such a vital need in our community while also preparing students for a lifelong calling of public service.
- IMMIGRANT RIGHTS CLINIC
- FAMILY LAW CLINIC
- DISABILITY/BENEFITS CLINIC
- CRIMINAL DEFENSE CLINIC
- CARIBBEAN LAW CLINIC
- MEDITATION/ADR CLINIC
- WILLS, ESTATES & TRUSTS CLINIC
- WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS CLINIC
- INTERVIEWING & COUNSELING CLINIC