LSNF Joins Fight to Stop Human Trafficking in North Florida

LEGAL SERVICES OF NORTH FLORIDA JOINS THE FIGHT TO STOP HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN NORTH FLORIDA

Thanks tEqual Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Legal Fellowshipo a fellowship with Equal Justice Works (EJW) Crime Victims Justice Corps, Legal Services of North Florida (LSNF) has hired former Assistant State Attorney Khari A. James to join their team of attorneys to aid victims of human trafficking in North Florida.

This new fellowship at LSNF will provide direct representation, outreach and education to victims of human trafficking.  Starting June 11, LSNF will host an EJW Fellow, Khari A. James, to join the fight to stop human trafficking throughout LSNF’s 16 county service area in North Florida.

“The men and women that survive human trafficking are so incredibly courageous, and they deserve someone that is going to zealously advocate for them throughout all of the different challenges they face. I am tremendously honored and humbled to be that person for them, said Khari A. James. “I am looking forward to working with the survivors at LSNF to repair and rebuild their lives, and to ensure they receive justice for the heinous crimes that were committed against them.”

EJW manages a legal fellowship program that was created to increase capacity and access to civil legal help.  Fellows from across the country are chosen and placed at nonprofit organizations such as LSNF to support the critical work they do in their communities.

“Human trafficking is very real issue in North Florida. Victims have very little hope of escaping their situations and rebuilding their life. LSNF is honored to enhance our work protecting victims through our partnership with EJW.  Khari is the ideal candidate to help these victims receive the justice they deserve”, stated Executive Director Leslie Powell-Boudreaux.

Khari is a former Assistant State Attorney with the 2nd Judicial Circuit. Her past experience includes working for the Department of Juvenile Justice as their Human Trafficking Coordinator, and at the FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, where she assisted in drafting the “Human Trafficking Prosecutions” section of the 2017 Florida Strategic Plan on Human Trafficking. Prior to this Khari worked at the White House, the Department of Homeland Security, and for the Honorable Virginia M. Kendall at the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois.

Khari A. James will act as LSNF’s fellow for the next two years as part of the Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps which provides critical legal help for vulnerable populations facing injustices like human trafficking, fraud/identity theft, campus sexual assault, and hate crime, and immigrant victims of crime with meritorious claims for immigration relief.

LSNF’s mission is to provide an opportunity for justice for eligible residents through representation conducted efficiently and comparable in quality to that of the private bar, and through other forms of legal assistance designed to provide a full range of civil legal services to those in need. Partnerships with organizations like Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps allows LSNF to continue building its reach to underserved individuals in our communities.

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Legal Services of North Florida (LSNF) is one of seven legal services organizations in Florida funded by the Legal Services Corporation (LSC). LSC is a private, not-for-profit Corporation created by an Act of Congress to ensure low-income people have equal access to the courts nationwide. LSNF receives financial assistance primarily from the following sources: Legal Services Corporation, The Florida Bar Foundation, Department of Justice, Internal Revenue Service, the Area Agency on Aging, United Way, the Attorney General, local governments and private contributions. For more information about LSNF, visit LSNF.org.

Equal Justice Works Crime Victims Justice Corps Legal Fellowship

All fellows will incorporate crime victims’ rights enforcement into their practice and will receive training from the National Crime Victim Law Institute and other training and technical assistance providers. This program is supported by an award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, Award Number 2017-MU-MU-K131, and private funding.

CONTACT:   Jason Zaborske, Legal Services of North Florida, 850-701-3303 jason@LSNF.org