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.
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 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.
What can a lawyer do to help me?
Human trafficking is a horrendous crime that typically leaves its victims with long-term physical, mental, and emotional damage. Filing civil lawsuits can bring such victims healing and empowerment as well as financial compensation for economic and noneconomic damages. While money cannot solve every problem, it can reduce suffering and help victims become self-sufficient.
What kinds of compensation can I receive?
Significant forms of relief are available through civil lawsuits including compensatory, punitive, and statutory damages. Compensatory damages address matters such as lost income, medical bills, pain and suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life. Punitive damages can also be imposed to punish outrageous conduct, while statutory damages are provided for by law. A qualified attorney will examine your case to determine what compensation you may be eligible to receive.
Will I have to go to court?
At the Stoddard Firm, we approach each case as if we are going to trial. Fortunately, though, the case can be filed using your initials only to protect your privacy. Whether a trial ultimately results depends on how willing the other side is to legitimately compensate you for your injuries and losses. Settlement is the client’s decision.
How do I select a lawyer?
Look for an attorney that has experience handling cases similar to yours as well as a proven track record with similar claims. Take advantage of free consultations to meet with a potential lawyer to ensure that he or she is the right fit on a personal level. You need to feel comfortable with your lawyer and trust that he or she will zealously represent your interests.
How long will my case take?
Unfortunately, this common question has no standard answer, because each set of circumstances is unique. Each claim has many possible phases. There are procedural rules that govern the amount of time that it can take to move a case along. At the Stoddard Firm, we pledge to handle your claim as quickly and effectively as possible.