Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center

Project: Strengthen Tools and Network to Combat Labor Trafficking

As a participant in the MTYKL Foundation’s 2016 initiative to advance and protect the rights of California’s vulnerable immigrant communities, LAS-ELC will explore and evaluate the laws and complex legal issues associated with labor trafficking, as they relate to pursuing civil labor trafficking claims.

The Trafficking Project Fellow will work under the direction of LAS-ELC’s senior attorneys with expertise in the areas of national origin discrimination, sexual assault, and wage and hour law. Namely, Christopher Ho, Senior Staff Attorney and Immigration and National Origin Program Director; Elizabeth Kristen, Senior Staff Attorney and Gender Equity and LGBT Rights Program Director; and Carole Vigne, Staff Attorney and Wage Protection Program Director.

LAS-ELC’s Summer Fellow will:

  • Conduct research on the spectrum of social, health, economic, and systemic legal issues affecting survivors of labor trafficking, support legal research, and participate in litigation;
  • Establish a network (with MTYKL partners and other community organizations) that LAS-ELC can draw upon to support labor trafficking survivors as we pursue their civil claims. Create a resource directory of social and legal services agencies, law enforcement, and other relevant organizations or governmental entities that work with or on behalf of trafficking victims; and
  • Develop applicable Know-Your-Rights fact sheets and add a Labor Trafficking section to LASELC’s Workers’ Rights Clinic Employment Law Manual. This will be a legal reference tool that will include the results of the Fellow’s research.

Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center advances justice and economic opportunity for low-income people and their families at work, in school, and in the community. Founded in 1916, LAS-ELC provides free legal information, advice, and representation and advocates for new laws and policies. To learn more about our programs and projects, visit