Started in 2011, the Human Trafficking Initiative is the collaboration of the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services (LAS), volunteer law firms and community groups to provide free legal services to survivors of human trafficking who face legal problems stemming from their exploitation. LAS has relationships with a number of exceptional law firms in the Chicago area, who as a part of this program, have agreed to volunteer their skills, expertise and resources and co-counsel cases with LAS to represent survivors of human trafficking.
The Human Trafficking Initiative's legal services are client-centered. As a result, the legal services the Human Trafficking Initiative provides vary from client to client. After attorneys review the available facts, they explain the various legal services they believe would benefit the client. Ultimately, however, the client makes an informed choice as to the legal remedies they would like to pursue and the services they would like to receive.