Trump Administration strips legal assistance from victims of human trafficking.

By |2019-08-04T05:41:19-08:00August 4th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |9 Comments


Courtesy of WaPo:

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Attorney General William P. Barr this week asking why his department made changes that “fly in the face of the spirit and plain language” of laws passed to help trafficking victims.

A study by the National Survivor Network found that more than 90 percent of survivors of human trafficking had been arrested, and about half of them had been arrested at least 10 times. “Trafficking survivors who have criminal records,” said Jean Bruggeman, executive director of Freedom Network USA, “are unable to get access to affordable housing, employment in the career of their choice, higher education, because they continue to have to explain and discuss a criminal record that was unfairly put upon them in the first place.”

Child sex trafficking survivor Beth Jacobs, now a victims advocate, told the National Survivor Network that she couldn’t rent an apartment in her name, couldn’t have her name on the mailbox and sometimes had to hide from landlords because background checks by property management firms found her criminal record. “It’s horrible to live that way,” Jacobs said.

Congress recognized this problem years ago and, around 2004, passed legislation that specifically provided funds for lawyers to seek both vacaturs — which clear convictions — and expungements, removing convictions from permanent records, Bruggeman said. State court systems have various ways to vacate and expunge convictions, but experts said it requires a lawyer to successfully navigate the paperwork, hearings and assorted legal hurdles of each system.

So without these legal funds the victims, who did not become “criminals” of their own accord, are denied the opportunity to clear their name and expunge their record. 

I wondered why the Trump Administration would be so cold-hearted because the money sepnt on this program cannot add up to that much.

Then I thought that since most of the victims are non-whites that there might be a racial component, but I am not sure. 

Perhaps it simply has something to do with that picture at the top. 

Maybe Trump just has a fundamental desire to protect sex traffickers and does not want their victims to have the recources to sue their victimizers. 

Regardless of the reason, this is still another example of the Trump Administration’s overall inhumanity. 

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  1. Anon August 4, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Lol. The only reason he does this, is because, he doesn’t want the investigators, to find out, who got shuffled around, and when. Lol.

    • Anonymous August 4, 2019 at 11:49 am

      I would be interested to know the First Tramp’s true relationship with Epstein, before she became Donnie’s mistress. What did she witness, if anything? Perhaps something criminal or incriminating? Epstein claims to have introduced Donnie and Malaria.

    • Anon August 4, 2019 at 12:55 pm

      It seems this SEX is everything in business, politics and crime in the world. It started long ago, and far away. No one is to blame. They just got on the SEX carnival ride, and rode some horses. It will be revealed, with digital tracking, and algorithms of movement, and activities, to draw conclusions, of who was doing what, when, where. Can’t stop it. 😉

      • Third Wife August 4, 2019 at 1:56 pm

        I’m good with it. Got my anchor baby, get to fly free wherever and whenever I want, shop ’til I drop, servants every need.
        I don’t care, do U?

        • Anon August 4, 2019 at 7:58 pm

          Until her $$$ runs out.

        • Anonymous August 5, 2019 at 1:21 pm

          Let’s not forget chain migrating her parents (Commie father) into U.S. citizenship.

  2. Anonymous August 4, 2019 at 11:06 am

    Heartless. Cruel. Disgusting.

    There aren’t enough adjectives to describe Trump, his supporters and the Republicans that protect and enable him.

    • Nonnie Mouse August 4, 2019 at 12:15 pm

      What’s worse, for the “dump” he calls the White House, he intends to stay forever.

  3. Beaglemom August 4, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Barr is as bad as Moscow Mitch and Don the Con himself. There is not a Republican in office, anywhere in the country today, who cares about the people they are being paid to represent.

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