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When Federal and State Systems Converge: Foreign National Human Trafficking Victims Within Juvenile and Family Courts


Bridgette Carr, J.D., is a Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of the Human Trafficking Clinic (HTC) at the University of Michigan Law School. The HTC is the first clinical law program solely dedicated to serving victims of human trafficking. Correspondence:


This article highlights the concerns facing foreign national children who are both victims of human trafficking and under the jurisdiction of juvenile and family courts. Human trafficking is modern day slavery in which individuals, including children, are compelled into service and exploited. Foreign national human trafficking victims in juvenile and family court systems must navigate both the state system and a complex federal immigration system. This article explains the federal benefits available to these children and identifies the best practice approaches for juvenile and family court systems to increase identification of and support for foreign national child trafficking victims.