Justice Department Blocks Funds for Legal Help of Trafficking Victims

In its 2018 request for proposals, the Justice Department reversed course on allowing part of $77 million in federal funding to be used for vacating and expunging criminal records of human trafficking survivors.

News Story (NATIONAL)

Bianca Bruno
Courthouse News Service
May 24, 2018

Tags: Expungement / Record Sealing

Organizations mentioned/involved: Amara Legal Center (DC)


The change is in stark contrast to prior years when grantees – including governmental, law enforcement and nonprofit organizations – could use federal dollars to help human trafficking survivors with post-conviction relief to expunge criminal records from when they were being trafficked.

This week, service providers, legal organizations, law enforcement officials and survivors gathered signatures to send letters to the Office for Victims of Crime asking it to restore the previous funding model.