What We Do


  • if you are a pro bono lawyer with a trafficking case, HT Pro Bono can provide technical assistance and access to the civil case database.
  • if you are a law firm with a pro bono program, HT Pro Bono can provide free CLE training for your attorneys and case referrals.
  • if you are a law student, HT Pro Bono can provide training to clinics and public presentations.
  • if you are a trafficking victim in need of assistance, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.

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Thousands of men, women, and children throughout the United States are trapped in the brutal underworld of human trafficking. But armed with sound legal advice, they can rebuild their lives.

HT Pro Bono employs a rights-based approach, returning decision-making power to survivors. Advised by qualified pro bono counsel, victims can hold their traffickers accountable. No trafficking survivor should have to face criminal and civil cases without an attorney.
Thousands of men, women, and children throughout the United States are trapped in the brutal underworld of human trafficking.

HT Pro Bono serves as a bridge between talented lawyers ready to volunteer their services to assist victims of human trafficking and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) providing social services to trafficking survivors. HT Pro Bono has developed a nationwide network of law firms willing to provide pro bono legal services. HT Pro Bono accepts referral requests from social services agencies supporting trafficking survivors. If your agency would like to make a referral, please contact us by email at mvandenberg@htprobono.org

Since its inception, HT Pro Bono has trained more than 2000 lawyers, creating a “bench” of expert pro bono attorneys throughout the country. As of May 2016, more than 200 cases had been referred to pro bono counsel.

HT Pro Bono provides extensive mentoring and technical assistance to attorneys handling human trafficking cases in the United States. Attorneys accepting pro bono case referrals also receive free access to HT Pro Bono’s comprehensive federal trafficking case law database. The current database includes all federal civil cases filed in the United States under 18 U.S.C. §1595. A second database holding all federal criminal trafficking cases brought in the United States since 2009 is under construction. HT Pro Bono also undertakes in-depth research on implementation of U.S. anti-trafficking law.

HT Pro Bono has trained more than 2000 lawyers throughout the country and referred more than 200 cases to pro bono counsel.

HT Pro Bono has adopted a multi-pronged strategy to combat trafficking in the United States:

The Center joins forces with non-governmental organization partners to combat trafficking through policy reform. HT Pro Bono spearheads a coalition against trafficking by diplomats, seeking to end impunity for those diplomats who exploit victims in the United States.

Strategic Litigation
HT Pro Bono coordinates impact litigation—cases that will affect future rulings. Careful monitoring of legal dockets nationwide permits intervention in cases where critical principles are at issue. Most recently, HT Pro Bono convened a meeting of litigators to discuss the power of strategic litigation to combat trafficking. HT Pro Bono partnered with the Freedom Fund to publish a report on strategic litigation, Ending impunity, securing justice: Using strategic litigation to combat modern-day slavery and human trafficking. In one such instance, HT Pro Bono arranged for a pro bono firm to brief a labor trafficking case on appeal to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. In another case, HT Pro Bono identified counsel to assist Senator Marco Rubio in filing an important amicus brief in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

HT Pro Bono undertakes in-depth research projects —often in partnership with pro bono law firm counsel —on implementation of U.S. law. Most recently, HT Pro Bono partnered with WilmerHale to investigate mandatory restitution orders (September, 2014) for trafficking victims in federal criminal cases.

HT Pro Bono educates judges, lawyers, practitioners, social workers, and service-providers nationwide. Through frequent media appearances, the Center also educates the public on the realities of trafficking into forced labor, forced prostitution, and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. HT Pro Bono attorneys speak frequently at public fora and participate in Human Trafficking Task Forces training programs on request.