This Guide provides attorneys with a general overview of human trafficking law in Massachusetts in an effort to help attorneys identify victims of human trafficking and determine how to meet their legal and non-legal needs.  It provides attorneys with a foundation concerning federal and state law and refers them to more comprehensive resources, where appropriate.

 

In particular, the Guide discusses the following topics in detail:

 

  • Identifying victims and recognizing indicators of human trafficking

  • An introduction to international, federal, and Massachusetts human trafficking laws

  • Advice on working with vulnerable and diverse populations

  • Immigration remedies for victims of human trafficking victims, including how to apply for and obtain T visas and U visas

  • Issues specific to child victims of human trafficking, including the safe harbor under Massachusetts law for minor victims involved in criminal prosecution

  • Issues specific to victims of human trafficking who are also criminal defendants

  • Aiding prosecution of traffickers

  • Civil remedies available to victims of human trafficking under federal and Massachusetts law

  • Non-legal benefits and resources available to victims of human trafficking under federal and Massachusetts law

  • Massachusetts resources available to victims of human trafficking