New USD Legal Clinic To Serve Victims Of Human Trafficking

January 30, 2020

SAN DIEGO —  Legal clinics providing free services to vulnerable populations have long been a staple at law schools, and now the victims of human trafficking in San Diego will have one of their own.

The University of San Diego is establishing a Women’s Legal Clinic that will initially focus on providing human trafficking victims with family law services, such as child custody representation, domestic violence restraining orders and divorces.

The new clinic is being funded by an anonymous $1 million donation through a charitable estate, arranged by Una Davis and alumnus Jack McGrory.

Law students will begin taking clients at the start of the semester in January.

The school has been conferring with Free to Thrive, a nonprofit started by USD alumna Jamie Beck that provides expansive legal services to survivors of human trafficking. The nonprofit has more work than it can handle, Beck recently testified before a state oversight commission.

Professor Robert Muth, academic director of USD’s clinic programs, said the new clinic will help fill in gaps.

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