The Joseph Project is a nonprofit organization that connects human trafficking survivors with pro bono legal services. It is inspired by the Biblical account of one of history’s earliest recorded survivors, who transitioned from exploitation to empowerment (Genesis 37-50).

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The Issue

Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that occurs in cities across the United States.  It’s a crime perpetrated by those who commercially exploit others for sex and labor services through force, fraud, or coercion.  Each year, thousands of human trafficking cases are reported across America.  The eventual outcome of each case varies.  Some survivors are placed in residential care facilities; others enter rehab; still others return to the streets.

The Problem

The Justice Gap

Often, human trafficking survivors face legal obstacles that arise from the circumstances of their enslavement, including criminal, family, and immigration issues.  The problem is that these survivors do not have the knowledge or the financial means to secure skilled legal representation.  Known as the justice gap, this inability to secure legal assistance often impedes survivors from moving toward a better future.


The Solution

Legal First Responders

Closing the justice gap for trafficking survivors requires the creation of a broad network of Legal First Responders – an army of attorneys who are committed and equipped to service their legal needs at no cost.

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The vision

A Legal First Responder Network

The Joseph Project was created to close the justice gap by assembling a national network of Legal First Responders to service the legal needs of human trafficking survivors on a pro bono basis – beginning in Detroit