Florida's Expungement Laws: Helping Survivors of Human Trafficking

Robin Hassler Thompson, JD MA - Executive Director, The Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center (STAC) | Rebecca Zoeller, ESQ - Staff Attorney, Legal Services of North Florida | Brent Woody, ESQ - Lead Attorney / Executive Director, Justice Restoration Center | Jenay E. Luranto, ESQ - Justice Restoration Center

September 17, 2021

Training Description

When a youth or an adult victim of human trafficking is arrested –whether or not they are prosecuted –they can suffer lifelong personal andpractical impacts. Trauma associated with an arrest can haunt them throughout their life. A criminal record can hurt their ability to be economically secure, to get a job or education, and to rebuild their lives and heal.Because these crimes happened while they were being trafficked, Florida law provides away to helpand clear, or“expunge,”their criminal histories.Thismonth’s program will explain thelaw on expungement, describe the process for clearing a survivor’s criminal history, detail the effects of expungement on a survivor’s life,and dispel myths and misconceptions regarding expungement.If you are a professional or community member who is inactual or potential contact with sex and labor trafficking survivors, you need to know about expungement.