trafficking

September 2018 Volunteer of the Month: Meredith Walsh

Victims of human sex trafficking face not only the private trauma of coercion and exploitation, but also, all too often, a very public record of their ordeal in the form of a criminal history if they have been forced into prostitution and related offenses.  Having a criminal record wrongly stigmatizes trafficking victims and survivors   and can prevent them from finding employment, stable housing, and the other basic services that are necessary to move on with their lives.  But, as attorney Meredith Walsh has experienced firsthand, that’s where a lawyer can step in to help.  By helping trafficking victims use a state law passed for the express purpose of vacating their criminal records, Meredith and other pro bono attorneys give their clients a fresh start.