A service provider or advocate who works with someone who may be a survivor of human trafficking in Colorado in need of free legal assistance. For example, you may be at a domestic violence or sexual assault organization, or providing community-based services.
ABOUT ALIGHT PROGRAM
To help service providers and advocates working with human trafficking survivors meet the diverse legal needs of your clients, we offer a way for you to connect to free help from the legal community quickly and easily. You can make a difference for your clients by participating in The ALIGHT Legal Needs Matching PROGRAM.
Based on your client’s needs, the 4Bells app will match your client to lawyers with the relevant expertise to help from Civil Law, Criminal Law and Family Law.
TYPES OF LEGAL ASSISTANCE
Often trafficked individuals face an uphill battle as they rebuild their lives. Many of their basic and interlocking needs are in fact legal issues,
HOW TO REQUEST FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE FOR SURVIVORS
To connect to our network of pro bono lawyers in The ALIGHT Legal Needs Matching Program – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ALIGHT is a Colorado-based nonprofit that exists to unlock a fresh start for human trafficking survivors. We rapidly connect survivors to a mobilized network of pro bono attorneys who fight for survivors’ rights to rebuild and thrive.
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
Jesse comes to you with multiple issues to resolve. Jesse lives in public housing and just received an eviction notice, and doesn’t know why. Also, there is a misdemeanor arrest warrant with an upcoming court date for stealing as a juvenile. Finally, Jesse has crippling medical and credit card bills that have piled up as Jesse struggled to transition since running away from the trafficker. Now debt collections agencies are sending letters threatening lawsuit.
You suspect/figure out that Jesse is a human trafficking survivor.
You offer for Jesse to ask for free legal assistance with these issues through the ALIGHT Legal Needs Matching Program. Jesse calls the ALIGHT Intake Advocate, and that professional posts requests for help with the different legal issues through the ALIGHT tool.
Legal Need: “Need lawyer to contest public housing eviction”
Result: A lawyer with expertise in housing and landlord / tenant issues responds to the post for the legal need, and advises Jesse on options and helps successfully contest the eviction.
Legal Need: “Need legal advice and representation at court on juvenile arrest warrant” Result: A criminal lawyer advises Jesse and successfully quashes the warrant.
Result: A criminal lawyer advises Jesse and successfully quashes the warrant.
Legal Need: “Need help negotiating and resolving debt issues with a debt collector”
Result: A lawyer with expertise in debt issues clears up erroneous information, advocates for Jesse’s interests and negotiates with the debt collections agencies to set up a manageable repayment plan.