Georgia Human Trafficking Attorneys
Human trafficking might sound like a problem that exists exclusively in developing countries that lack a strong, centralized government and adequate worker protection laws, but unfortunately, both sex and labor trafficking are problems in Georgia and elsewhere in the U.S. As a result, it is important that victims of trafficking be aware that they have legal options available.
The Stoddard Firm is dedicated to ending the violence and oppression of human trafficking by empowering its survivors – helping them seek justice and taking economic resources away from anyone who benefits from trafficking. Anyone who is making money off the plight of human trafficking victims should be held accountable. The Stoddard Firm is eager to talk to anyone who was a victim of:
- Sex Trafficking
- Labor Trafficking
The Stoddard Firm is seeking victims of sex trafficking who are interested in bringing civil lawsuits against the (i) trafficker; (ii) hotels, apartments, and massage parlors where the trafficking occurred, (iii) any bank that knowingly accepted / laundered the trafficker’s money, and (iv) any classified internet advertising website that solicited the trafficking. These lawsuits can be brought using only the victim’s initials, to protect their privacy, and it is okay if the trafficking happened many years ago, as it often takes a survivor six or seven years before they are able to talk about what happened to them.
Sex trafficking is a serious problem internationally, nationally, and right here in Georgia. A 2014 study by the Urban Institute found that Atlanta’s illegal sex trade generated nearly $290 million a year, with some traffickers making $32,000 a week.
The young women who get trapped in this vicious system are often too intimidated by traffickers to look for a way out. Georgia authorities can be lenient if a girl is willing to go to a safe home, but far too many young people are frightened by the threat of retaliation. At the Stoddard Firm, we urge you to reach out to our team to learn what can be done to ensure your safety or the safety of your loved one.
The Stoddard Firm is also seeking victims of labor trafficking who are interested in bringing civil lawsuits against any company that used force or threats as a means of keeping laborers at work. These cases often involve immigrants who entered the country on work visas, have their paperwork taken by their employers, and thereafter face employer threats of ejection from the country unless they work long hours for little pay.
It is unsettling for Americans to realize that slavery is not something from the history books, but rather is a reality found in the underhanded business practices of some modern-day United States employers. Labor trafficking does not only happen abroad, the system also exists within our borders. In some cases, immigrant workers pay traffickers recruitment fees and, thus, are indebted to their traffickers and entered into a system resembling indentured servitude.
Of the more than 20 million forced laborers worldwide, it is unclear just how prevalent this abuse of labor is in the United States. Because the system is inherently “under the table” and hidden from the view of the law, tracking labor trafficking is especially difficult for authorities.
How We Can Help Victims of Trafficking
With both sex trafficking and labor trafficking, the Stoddard Firm has resources and relationships that can help immigrant victims apply to stay in the country legally through special visa programs. And as mentioned above, the lawsuits can often avoid disclosure of the victim’s name.
Victims of these morally reprehensible practices often do not realize that they have legal protections available. Sex trafficking victims might feel as though they themselves are breaking the law and fear legal repercussions. Forced laborers might also feel that coming forward about their situation will put them in legal jeopardy. However, no one should be subjected to human trafficking, and we firmly believe that victims should be protected and traffickers should be held accountable for their actions.
Because victims of human trafficking fear retaliation from traffickers and the authorities, we go to great lengths to avoid disclosure of our clients’ names. We strongly encourage you to reach out to the Stoddard Firm for help if you or a loved one has become the victim of human trafficking.
Reaching out to us is free. Please give us a call or contact us online so we can answer your questions and discuss how the Stoddard Firm can partner with you to fight back against human trafficking.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have a case?
If you’ve been injured because of someone else’s negligence, you could have a personal injury case. Every situation is different, so there’s no way to know if you have a case without consulting with a qualified personal injury attorney. If you are badly injured or a loved one has died, we are happy to speak with you and investigate the matter at no charge.
Do I have to go to court?
Not necessarily. Many wrongful death and personal injury cases are settled before they go to court. However, it is our experience that the most successful cases are built as if they are going to court. Our firm prepares every case to go all the way to trial, even if it is ultimately resolved before the trial starts.
What do your services cost?
A consultation with the Stoddard Law Firm is free. In most circumstances, we earn no fee unless we win your case. If your claim is successful, we take a percentage of the recovered amount.
How do I pick the right attorney?
You’ll want to look for several qualities when choosing who will represent you. Your attorney should meet with you instead of sending an investigator, and he/she should be available throughout the process instead of having you consistently talk to a legal assistant. Your attorney should have a low number of cases so he/she can devote significant time to you and your case. Your attorney should have experience handling cases with facts similar to yours, and your attorney should have a proven track record with similar claims. Your attorney should also be able to devote significant money to your case so that he/she can hire experts, travel the country finding witnesses, and depose whomever is necessary to achieve justice. It’s also important to make sure your attorney is the right fit on a personal level, which is why you should take advantage of a free consultation.
How much time do I have to file a lawsuit?
There is a time limit on how long a person has after an injury to begin a lawsuit. This window is called a statute of limitations. For most personal injury cases in Georgia, the statute of limitations is two years from the time the injury was suffered. However, there are exceptions and subtleties that might change the amount of time you are afforded. Sometimes the period can be as short as 6 months, and other times it can be much longer than two years. Determining the statute of limitations requires a detailed analysis of the facts of your case.