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LEgal First Responders:
Equipping Attorneys to empower Human TRafficking survivors


Licensed Michigan attorneys.


This intensive training is designed to provide attorneys with a solid foundational understanding of the issues and obstacles that human trafficking survivors commonly face, including criminal, family, and immigration law issues. 

Presenters include:

  • Jennifer Grieco, President, State Bar of Michigan (2018-2019)
  • Amy Allen, Forensic Interviewer, Department of Homeland Security
  •  Elizabeth Campbell, Clinical Assistant Professor of Law, Human Trafficking Clinic, University of Michigan Law School
  • Kelly Carter, Senior Attorney Specialist, Human Trafficking Unit, Michigan Department of Attorney General
  • Nate Knapper, Founder & CEO, The Joseph Project 
  • Ashley Lowe, CEO, Lakeshore Legal Aid 

For general questions about the training, contact Robert Mathis at rmathis@michbar.org or (800) 968-1442, ext. 6412.

For substantive questions about human trafficking and what to expect when providing legal assistance to survivors, contact Nate Knapper, Founder & CEO of The Joseph Project, at nate@josephproject.com or (248) 497-0444.

This training has been approved by the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) for up to 3.5 hours of credit. For questions about MIDC credit, contact Merri Lee Jones at mjones@ocba.org or (248) 334-3400.


October 17, 2019

8am – 12pm


Hosted live at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus.  Simultaneous webcast to WMU-Cooley’s Lansing and Grand Rapids campuses.


By leveraging the law to address the legal consequences of commercial exploitation, pro bono attorneys can help transition human trafficking survivors toward a better future.



Participating attorneys agree to accept a human trafficking case referral on a pro bono basis within one year of the training.  Pro bono case referrals will be coordinated by The Joseph Project.  Professional liability insurance is available to participating attorneys through the State Bar of Michigan upon request.