Clearing barriers for survivors of human trafficking

Atlanta ranks as one of the top hubs for sex trafficking. Historically, victims have been arrested and charged with prostitution or other sex crimes. In recent years the “Safe Harbor” law has provided some important limitations on these kinds of convictions. However, for a survivor seeking to start a new life who was convicted as an adult before the Safe Harbor law, a criminal record can prevent her or him from getting a job, housing, and even health insurance.

Georgia Appleseed, along with our pro-bono volunteers and in cooperation with the many committed advocacy organizations seeking to end human trafficking, will work to expand the scope of the Safe Harbor defense for future victims and for the enactment of provisions that would allow more previously convicted survivors to have access to the record of these charges restricted.