Amara offers free legal representation to sex trafficking survivors and sex workers in courts throughout the DC metropolitan region, helping resolve some of the most commonly experienced legal issues for sex workers and sex trafficking survivors.
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Expungement of Criminal Records
Many of Amara’s clients have criminal records for prostitution or related charges, even if their involvement in the commercial sex industry was against their will. These records can restrict survivors from finding legal employment, receiving publicly funded housing, and from other social services. Amara assists clients in filing petitions of expungement.
Civil Protection Orders
Amara helps clients obtain restraining orders against abusers, including traffickers and/or buyers.
Amara helps clients regain custody of their children, who may be in the custody of pimps, family members, or the state. Amara also represents clients in divorce cases from their abusers.
Many clients require witness advocates in criminal cases against their pimps or buyers. Some clients need a criminal defense attorney as a result of charges brought against them. Amara works with all clients to navigate the criminal justice system and prepare them for testifying in court.
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