Supporting Criminalized Human Trafficking Survivors Through Policy Change

TRIGGER WARNING — This article includes references to physical and sexual violence experienced by a human trafficking survivor.

Alexis Martin’s Story

Figure 1: “But as her case moved through the criminal justice system, little attention was paid to how the 15-year-old girl knew the 36-year-old man in the first place. Or what witnesses said he was doing to her. Or why she called him ‘Dad.’” Alexis Martin’s full story here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/interactive/2021/child-sex-trafficking-alexis-martin-ohio/?no_nav=true&tid=a_classic-iphone
Figure 2: Pallavi Garg, staff attorney and criminal justice program coordinator at Free to Thrive. Learn more about Pallavi here: https://www.freetothrive.org/staff/pallavigarg
Figure 3: Figure 4 shows that the two largest obstacles that survivors face because of a criminal record is in housing and employment. The same study shows that over 75% of survivors have not been able to clear their records. Source: National Survivor Network Members Survey: Impact of Criminal Arrest and Detention on Survivors of Human Trafficking August 2016, full report here: https://nationalsurvivornetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/VacateSurveyFinal.pdf