Specializing in legal advocacy for survivors of trafficking in the San Francisco Bay Area
Justice At Last
WHO WE ARE
Justice At Last is the only independent, nonprofit law firm in the San Francisco Bay Area exclusively serving the legal needs of survivors, regardless of their age, gender identity, nationality or type of trafficking.
Justice At Last provides free legal representation that emphasizes dignity and is survivor-centered, culturally sensitive, trauma informed, and rights-based. In addition to legal advocacy and representation, Justice At Last, creates and conducts specialized trainings to empower and inform survivors about their legal rights within the justice system and also educates service providers about human trafficking and survivor rights. The Justice At Last team includes advocates and activists from the social justice and human rights community who collectively have decades of experience providing support services and fighting for the rights of trafficked survivors.
Justice At Last has an Advisory Council comprised of subject-matter experts with a variety of lived experiences. Our principles are guided by the Advisory Council’s brilliance, truth, voice and resilience. Our advisors and clients are provided opportunities to share directly with us their unique experiences and feedback for the purpose of enhancing our work, legal representation and trainings.
Engaging the survivor voice is imperative to informing what we do and how we do it in ways that are meaningful, relevant and impactful. It is our core value and honor to prioritize, respect and gain knowledge from the sage advice and wisdom of our Advisory Council and the clients we service. Since inception, Justice At Last is committed to elevating and encouraging survivors to seize their own leadership as impressive and remarkable subject-matter experts.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
For survivors of human trafficking to have the opportunity to seek justice on their own terms. We envision a world where justice eradicates all forms of slavery - where victims of trafficking are empowered through justice in order to heal and become independent and self-sufficient survivors that can thrive with dignity.
To empower those who have been labor trafficked and commercially sexually exploited by providing access to free comprehensive legal services, advocacy and specialized trainings to help transform survivors’ lives.
Who do we serve?
We serve trafficked survivors, regardless their age, gender, nationality or type of trafficking.
What do we provide?
We provide direct legal services to trafficked survivors, including screening for wage theft, immigration relief, legal advocacy of crime victim’s rights, expungement of criminal records, divorce, custody, and restraining orders. We also conduct specialized trainings to empower and inform survivors about their legal rights within the justice system.
What makes us and our service different?
We follow a survivor-centered, culturally sensitive, trauma-informed, rights-based approach. We are honored to have an advisory team comprised of subject-matter experts with lived experience enlightening us with their expertise, brilliance and grace.
How do we know we are making a difference?
We know we are making a difference based on our results. For instance, in a crime victim’s rights case, where two exploiters were being prosecuted on human trafficking charges of a minor, our client did not have to testify against her exploiters, she was represented during the entire proceedings, and her detailed and impassioned Victim-Impact Statement was read during the sentencing phase of each exploiter. In a separate case, one of our client’s contract with a “modeling agency” was terminated two years prior to its expiration date without any consequences or termination fees to our client.
Who do we collaborate with?
We get that our mission is bigger than who we are. Therefore, collaboration and partnerships are what we strive for in order to best serve, support and stand in solidarity with trafficked survivors. We partner with residential programs and other types of service providers specifically serving survivors including trafficking, sexual assault and domestic violence survivors in the Bay Area.
Why are we in this business?
No person in the world deserves to be treated as a commodity to be sold and resold, to be exploited and abused, and treated as disposable. Survivors of trafficking have the right to take control of their own lives and make their own choices - and they have a right to justice. Survivors should have legal options as well as the ability to access free legal support and advice that empowers, and helps them to become thrivers of their own lives.
WHAT WE DO
CRIME VICTIMS' RIGHTS
We represent survivors during the prosecution of their traffickers to protect their enumerated rights as crime victims through California’s Victims' Bill of Rights Act of 2008, also known as “Marsy’s Law.” We have asserted many rights, including the right: to be heard; to prevent the disclosure of confidential information or records to the defendant; to provide information relating to sentencing; and the right to restitution.
Often, victims' of trafficking are criminalized for crimes committed when they were trafficked. We help vacate or clear our clients' criminal records that are tied to their trafficking so that they no longer have to take the blame and pay the consequences for any crimes the traffickers forced them to commit. Vacatur also provides a freedom and instills a sense of self-worth to those survivors that were wrongly criminalized.
Many survivors have children while they are victims of human trafficking and sometimes their trafficker is also their spouse, or he is the parent of their child or children. We have helped our clients reconnect and establish relations with or gain custody of their children, divorce their spouse or get an annulment, and or obtain restraining or protective orders against their traffickers.
The law we practice varies as much as each of our clients does. We have successfully supported survivors with employment discrimination claims, termination of contracts, cease and desist letters for unauthorized use of likeness or images, and provided referrals for public housing evictions, public health appeals, and copyright and trademark infringement claims to our network of likeminded survivor-centered attorneys.
We provide employment advice and assistance to survivors of human trafficking as well as do outreach and training on wage and hour violations, discrimination and harassment based on race, religion, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation, and/or national origin, and civil litigation in labor trafficking cases.
Foreign National survivors can be eligible for many forms of immigration relief. We have successfully helped clients obtain U-Visas, T-Visas, Violence Against Women Act Self-Petitions, Special Immigrant Juvenile for Minors Petitions, and Asylum and Withholding of Removal Applications.
We provide free specialized trainings to help transform survivors’ lives, including “Know Your Rights in Court and on the Street.” We also do trainings for service providers and law enforcement about “Best Practices When Supporting and Working with Survivors.”
WAYS TO GIVE
Justice At Last relies entirely on donations and fundraising to help us continue serving our clients and grow our organization. Every donation amount helps us aid more survivors of human trafficking in the Bay Area.
Thank you for your support!
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Justice At Last, Attention Rose Mukhar, PO Box 566, San Carlos, CA 94070
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Justice At Last
P.O. Box 566
San Carlos, CA 94070-0566
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