The Free to Thrive Legal Clinic is the first of its kind in San Diego, a legal service program serving victims of human trafficking in their recovery and transition from survivors to thrivers. This Clinic is an innovative collaboration with law firms, law students, academics, social service providers, law enforcement, and government agencies, and serves as an innovative model for pro bono legal services throughout the United States.
The Free to Thrive Legal Clinic accepts client referrals from law enforcement, government agencies, social service providers and diversion programs. Clients may also self-refer by contacting Free to Thrive directly through the “Contact Us” page on this website.
To ensure a safe, trustworthy environment, Free to Thrive operates the Legal Clinic on-site at a number of organizations that serve human trafficking survivors. Free to Thrive also conducts new client consultations at a safe and confidential location of the client’s choosing.
A member of the Free to Thrive legal team conducts a client intake interview and needs assessment with each new client to determine the client’s eligibility for services, legal needs and identify other services to support the client’s future success.
Clients identified through the client-intake process as meeting the program requirements for legal services are assigned to a member of the Free to Thrive legal team or are referred to a pro bono attorney. Legal services provided to clients of the clinic include:
- Child custody/family law
- Civil litigation
- Clearing identity theft
- Expunging/vacating criminal records
- Immigration assistance including filing for T and U Visas
- Civil restraining orders
- Minor emancipation
- Name changes
- Victim’s advocacy/court representation