Human Trafficking Lawyer in Houston
Representing Trafficking Victims Throughout Texas
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Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs proudly takes the fight to wrongdoers and abusers who enable, participate in, or actually conduct human trafficking in Texas. Our attorneys know everyone deserves a safe, comfortable life. Human trafficking flies as an affront to this basic human right, and we hope to help bring it to an end through our tenacious, hard-hitting representation for human trafficking survivors.
We are here to advocate for victims of human trafficking by pursuing compensation from the individuals who treated them with such cruelty. The National Institute of Justice defines human trafficking as “the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation.”
If such an act has happened to you or someone you love, to even minimal degrees, justice must be dealt and pursued. Reach out to our law firm right now for legal counsel and moral support.
Human Trafficking Statistics in Houston, TX and the U.S.
Human trafficking continues to be a problem in Houston and throughout the United States. These shocking statistics reflect the great injustice that continues to grow in our nation.
- Approximately 18,000 people in the U.S. will be victimized each year by human trafficking.
- According to DoSomething.org, over 70% of human trafficking victims are women and girls.
- 50% of victims are children and minors.
- It is assumed the vast majority of victims are subject to sexual exploitation.
- Texas has the second most reported human trafficking crimes in the country.
- Houston has been identified as a major hub for human trafficking by the Department of Justice.
According to the Polaris Project, in a single year, there were over 23,000 survivors of human trafficking, resulting in nearly 11,000 human trafficking cases against 5,800 potential traffickers.
According to the Texas Medical Center:
- Every 30 seconds a person becomes a victim of human trafficking
- In Texas, out of 300,000 human trafficking victims, almost 79,000 are minors
- 234,000 adults are victims of labor trafficking
As reported by the Center for Public Policy Studies, interstate I-10 was identified as one of the main routes for human traffickers. Both El Paso and Houston are considered major human trafficking centers.
Types of Exploitation
Federal law protects victims of human trafficking through the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA) and subsequent revisions. The Act prohibits:
- Forced labor
- Trafficking with respect to peonage, slavery, or involuntary servitude
- Sex trafficking of children or others by force, fraud, or coercion
Sex trafficking is the most common form of exploitation. Other types of exploitation include labor trafficking, domestic servitude, forced criminal activity, trafficking for the removal of organs.
Anti-trafficking task forces have established throughout the United States through the Bureau of Justice Assistance. In 2019, Houston was given a grant by the Bureau for an Enhanced Collaborative Model Human Trafficking Task Force. Over the course of one year, over $100 million awarded by the Department of Justice to combat human trafficking and assist victims throughout the United States.
Why Do You Need to File an Injury Claim?
For many survivors of human trafficking, the thought of going to court in pursuit of damages can seem initially overwhelming and possibly confusing. Many believe that they should be automatically given restitution after their abuser or trafficker was arrested and convicted. However, the criminal justice system stands separately from civil courts, meaning you have to pursue an injury claim on your own.
The compensation you are owed can cover many types of damages, like:
- Medical costs
- Rehabilitative care
- Therapy for traumatization
- Lessened enjoyment of life
- Financial instability due to difficulty keeping employment
- Legal costs associated with criminal and civil proceedings
Fibich, Leebron, Copeland & Briggs is dedicated to pursuing damages on behalf of trafficking victims. If you or a loved one has suffered the abuse of human trafficking, do not hesitate to reach out to our firm. We share more than 100 years of experience and have gained a national reputation for securing millions of dollars for clients in successful case results.
Houston Human Trafficking Lawyers Representing Victims
We have the necessary skill and experience to achieve victory on your behalf. Two of our attorneys are Board Certified Personal Injury Attorneys, and one is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. This distinction only applies to 10% of practicing lawyers in the country.
If you need an aggressive advocate to champion your cause, call on our Houston human trafficking attorneys without delay. We know how to most effectively pursue damages for the suffering you or a loved one endured as a result of human trafficking.
Support for Victims of Human Trafficking
The Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinating Council established by the Texas Attorney General has put forth a strategic plan to halt and prevent human trafficking in the state. Senate Bill 72, passed by the Texas legislature in 2019, enabled this collaborative effort.
Multiple agencies have partnered together to develop a prevention framework, enhance community awareness, and reduce vulnerabilities in the state. The council has also been tasked with protecting and supporting those most susceptible to exploitation. Populations with the highest potential of human trafficking victims include:
- Children in foster care
- Victims of physical/sexual abuse
- Impoverished people
- Those with a criminal history
Tragically, human trafficking affects people across the world. While certain people are more vulnerable, it can affect women, men, and children of any background. The council estimates that over 25 million people are enslaved worldwide. The time to act is now.
If you or a loved one has been sexually exploited or forced into labor, you deserve compensation. Unfortunately, even if the perpetrator is criminally convicted, you may not receive adequate restitution. Our experienced Houston human trafficking attorneys can help bring you the justice and recovery you need. Our attorneys will be your advocate, fighting for what is right. This modern-day form of slavery must be put to an end. Let us help you. We will be your voice and your champion.
Know that with us on your side, your needs and priorities become our primary focus. Do not hesitate to call us at (713) 804-6121 for a free consultation regarding your case.
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