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).
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.
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.
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