Venable Professor of Law Michele Gilman, the director of clinical legal education, sends exciting news:
I am extremely pleased to let you know that the Human Trafficking Prevention Project (HTPP), led by clinical fellow and UB law alumna Jessica Emerson, J.D. ’13, has been awarded $465,757 from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention of Maryland.
The HTPP and its student-attorneys will partner with the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) to create a statewide pro bono program to provide post-conviction legal services to survivors of human trafficking. The grant will also be used to help people most vulnerable to exploitation.
By reducing the harm associated with a criminal record, the project will aid clients in improving their self-sufficiency and stability, which, in turn, will reduce the likelihood of exploitation by traffickers.
The human rights-based project is the first of its kind in Maryland.
This is wonderful news for the law school and especially for the clients who will be served by the tireless efforts of Jessica, her students and MVLS.
Please join me in congratulating Jessica!
See story in The Daily Record, “UB Law human trafficking project receives $466K grant.”