Legal Advocacy

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Survivors require free legal counsel to overcome their trafficking-related issues. The Joseph Project facilitates survivors’ receipt of skilled pro bono representation by matching them with Legal First Responders.

What is a Legal First Responder?

A Legal First Responder (LFR) is a pro bono attorney committed to meeting the urgent legal needs of human trafficking survivors free of charge. All LFRs share a common passion for closing the Justice Gap by expanding access to justice for the exploited.

Who can join the Legal First Responders network?

The LFR network is composed of skilled lawyers who are licensed, active, and in good standing with their state bar; specialized in the area(s) of need; and committed to pro bono service.

How does The Joseph Project support its Legal First Responders?

Our Legal Advocacy initiative supports the recruitment, training, and deployment of the LFR network by funding:

  • Legal trainings, including in-person sessions, online modules, and written resources
  • Litigation expenses, including court fees, fine payments, and travel reimbursements
  • LFR appreciation, including modest gestures of gratitude for services rendered


If you are interested in joining the Legal First Responders network, please contact us.