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Training

Community outreach is the most effective way to find victims and educate people on the issue of human trafficking. CAST provides vital training to law enforcement, service providers, government agencies, health care partners, law firms, corporations, faith-based organizations and community groups.

Human Trafficking 101 Training

CAST offers a variety of local public speaking engagements, from specialized training on identifying victims of human trafficking to giving speeches or sitting on panels.

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Pro Bono Training

CAST’s pro bono program is a key component of CAST’s work with trafficking survivors and enables survivors to access critical legal services. Pro bono attorneys advocate on behalf of survivors of human trafficking and help them take important steps to rebuild their lives. CAST provides a variety of pro bono opportunities, including immigration advocacy, criminal victim-witness advocacy, and civil litigation.

All pro bono attorneys are required to attend CAST’s comprehensive legal training, “Human Trafficking 101” which introduces human trafficking and legal advocacy on behalf of trafficking survivors. This training is offered at least twice a year in Los Angeles, CA and offers 6 hours of MCLE credit to participants.

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Social Services Monthly Technical Assistance Call

This unique call is an opportunity for social service providers and case managers to speak with attorneys to learn about best practices in working with legal service providers such as protecting privilege/confidentiality, working with attorneys, accessing public benefits and potential legal remedies for your clients. The call is every fourth Thursday from 12-1 PM PST/3-4 PM EST.

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16-Hour Legal Training

CAST’s training consists of a free, two-day legal training titled, “A Practical Guide for Attorneys Serving U.S. and Foreign National Trafficking Victims.” This comprehensive 16-hour training provides an in-depth overview of the legal issues faced by U.S. citizens and foreign national survivors, including: criminal victim witness advocacy issues, criminal vacatur and sealing records, civil remedies and immigration benefits. CAST will partner with co-host to obtain CLE credits. In the past, CAST has been able to provide up to 14 hours of MCLE credit to attendees.

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8-Hour Legal Services Training for Social Service Providers

The focus of this training is to promote better understanding and partnerships between attorneys and social service providers. Trafficking survivors may have a range of legal needs across several judicial venues. This can increase the interactions between social service providers and various attorneys (i.e., legal service providers, prosecutors and defense attorneys). Because it can be challenging and overwhelming to navigate numerous legal issues, in addition to the complex needs around survivor case management, this training provides the legal framework to help social service providers and their clients navigate complicated legal systems.

The training will cover best practices in working with legal service providers, how to protect privilege/confidentiality, accessing public benefits, taking effective case management notes (so not to negatively impact criminal/civil case), ethical considerations and what to do if subpoenaed.

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