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.