Sunita Jain Anti-Trafficking Policy Initiative
Community informed solutions to historical and systemic racial inequity is fully realized as anti-trafficking work and stakeholders invest resources and political capital in racial justice, including criminal and immigration systems change.
In ten years trafficking is prevented in formal and informal economies and workplaces, which results in poverty reduction and access to systems, support, and services from which vulnerable groups have been historically excluded.
In ten years, the Sunita Jain Anti-trafficking Initiative will have reduced enforcement priorities that are complicit in trafficking and legal protections are in place that reflect the lived experience of vulnerable groups. Immigration systems must provide a legal path to citizenship to prevent trafficking.
Anti-trafficking laws, policies, and government practices will be guided by the voices of trafficking survivors which urge anti-carceral and public health approaches to preventing human trafficking and hold accountable government actors and agencies that perpetuate, enable, aid and/or abet human trafficking.
Human Trafficking is codified as part of a climate change narrative as reflected in locally-led climate resilience, evidence-based research, and tangible legal protections.
The Sunita Jain Anti-Trafficking Policy Initiative (Sunita Jain Initiative) at LMU Loyola Law School (LLS) is a collaboration of the Loyola Social Justice Law Clinic (LSJLC) and the LLS Anti-Racism Center (LARC). The Sunita Jain Initiative builds upon LSJLC’s legacy of system transformation through on-the-ground best practices representation of trafficking survivors, and connects this clinical work to LARC’s research and policy innovation, focused on anti-racism, equity and inclusion in the law. The Sunita Jain Initiative will guide the next generation of survivor advocates, to enact anti-trafficking law and policy at the local, state, and national levels that grapple with the root causes of human trafficking such as the systemic subordination of poor communities of color, further marginalized by the intersections of gender, gender identity, sexuality, disability, national origin, religion, and/or immigration status. This first of its kind initiative, housed within LLS whose mission is dedicated to the delivery of educational excellence with a deep concern for social justice, aims to overcome the myriad injustices that subvert trafficking survivors’ access to self-determination and empowerment.