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Understanding Injuries and Civil Legal Remedies for Human Trafficking Survivors

Human trafficking, a pervasive global crisis, subjects millions to exploitation and abuse. [1] Beyond the immediate physical and psychological injuries, survivors often endure long-lasting effects that permeate all aspects of their lives.  [2] Addressing these injuries through civil legal remedies is pivotal for justice and recovery.

Types of Injuries Suffered by Survivors

Survivors of trafficking experience various types of injuries including physical, psychological, economic, and social. Physical injuries can result from beatings, sexual assault, malnutrition, and lack of medical care, leading to chronic pain and long-term health issues.  [3] Psychological injuries include conditions like PTSD, depression, anxiety, and trauma syndromes, causing nightmares, flashbacks, and feelings of helplessness. Economic injuries stem from financial exploitation, leaving victims in debt and without means of support. Social injuries involve stigma, strained relationships, and difficulties in reintegration, hindering access to education and employment.

Civil Legal Remedies Available to Survivors

Civil legal remedies available to survivors of trafficking include restitution, compensatory damages, punitive damages, civil causes of action, protection orders, and employment protections. Restitution allows courts to order traffickers to pay for survivors’ losses, while compensatory damages address physical and emotional suffering. Punitive damages can be awarded for egregious conduct, and survivors can pursue civil actions under federal and state laws. Protection orders can prevent contact from traffickers, and employment protections offer rights such as unpaid leave for court proceedings or medical treatment.

Conclusion

The injuries sustained by human trafficking survivors are multifaceted and deeply impact their lives. Civil legal remedies offer a path to justice and restitution, ensuring that traffickers are held accountable and survivors receive the necessary support for physical, psychological, and economic recovery.  [4] [5] 

It is crucial for legal professionals, advocates, and policymakers to work collaboratively to strengthen and enforce these remedies, promoting resilience and restoring dignity to the victims of this heinous crime.

If you or a loved one has been affected by human trafficking, give us a call at the Michael Brady Lynch Firm at 888-585-5970. 

Date: June 13, 2024

Author: Brandon Salter

Editor: Sonya Coenen

Citations

[1] https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/14/perspectives/human-trafficking-fight/index.html

[2] https://www.justice.gov/humantrafficking/key-legislation

[3] https://edition.cnn.com/2024/06/09/us/tren-de-aragua-venezuela-gang/index.html

[4] https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/12/03/fact-sheet-the-national-action-plan-to-combat-human-trafficking-nap/

[5] https://www.justice.gov/humantrafficking/key-legislation

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