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Faculty: Professor Jessica Emerson

The Human Trafficking Prevention Project is a new clinical project housed within the Civil Advocacy Clinic. The project will focus on reducing the collateral consequences of criminal justice involvement for survivors of human trafficking and those populations most vulnerable to exploitation. Under faculty supervision, student attorneys will provide representation to clients filing expungement, shielding, and state or federal pardon petitions. They will also represent survivors of sex trafficking seeking to vacate their prostitution convictions under Maryland's "vacating convictions" law. Students also work on special projects including providing community education presentations at partnering community organizations, as well legislative advocacy on both the state and federal levels designed to support systemic criminal justice reform.

Seminars for the Human Trafficking Prevention Project will be held jointly with the Civil Advocacy Clinic. Students will have weekly supervision sessions with the Human Trafficking Prevention Project faculty. In addition, the course has a trial advocacy component that culminates in a mock expungement hearing before guest judges. Students are advised that the Human Trafficking Project requires a significant time commitment of, on average, 20 hours per week.

Co- or prerequisiteEvidence,  Professional Responsibility


Recommended: Constitutional Criminal Procedure

Policies and procedures:

The Human Trafficking Prevention Project selects its students through the lottery process.