Human Trafficking Victims as Criminal Defendants

Authored by: Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative

Categories: Human Rights
Sub-Categories: Security Sector Reform (SSR), Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Sexual and Reproductive Health
Region: No Region
Year: 2013
Citation: "Human Trafficking Victims as Criminal Defendants." Human Trafficking and the State Courts Collaborative, 2013.

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Executive Summary

This information card is designed to provide information and ideas for state court judges on possible options for dealing with criminal cases in which a defendant is a victim of human trafficking. The card is designed to help judges spot issues and is not meant to provide comprehensive or de nitive answers regarding legal rights in specific cases. Judges using this card should also be aware that the law is constantly changing and varies from state to state, and electronic statutory materials on which the card is based may not be up to date.