The WAVE Foundation's Legal Hope program builds a community of legal support for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking in the criminal justice system. We partner with law firms and corporations to train their pro bono attorneys, connect survivors to the attorneys, and provide technical assistance and support throughout the case.
CLEARING RECORDS AND BUILDING HOPE
Many survivors of sex trafficking are convicted of prostitution and other crimes while their trafficker remains free. Survivors get labeled as defendants, even though they were victims controlled by their traffickers. Legal Hope pro bono attorneys clear criminal records so that survivors have access to housing, employment, and other resources that build hope for their future.
PROTECTING PRIVACY AND SURVIVOR RIGHTS
In many domestic violence and sexual assault criminal cases, victims suffer violations of privacy. Defense can request the release of a victim’s personal information, such as their mental health records or the contents of their cell phone. Legal Hope pro bono attorneys stop the release of victim information and protect victim privacy and rights in the criminal case, preventing survivors from further harm.