Stephanie Richard

Stephanie Richard Rise
Stephanie Richard, Director, Rights in Systems Enforced (RISE) Clinic and Visiting Associate Clinical Professor

Director, Rights in Systems Enforced (RISE) and Visiting Associate Clinical Professor

Courses Taught

  • Rights in Systems Enforced



  • BA, magna cum laude, Rice University
  • JD, summa cum laude, American University, Washington College of Law


Professor Stephanie Richard is the Director of the law school's Rights in Systems Enforced (RISE) clinic. RISE will train and engage students in trauma-informed direct representation of survivors of violent crime who seek to assert their rights in state or federal criminal or immigration enforcement systems or who require related legal assistance in the civil justice system. Prior to joining Loyola, Richard served as Policy & Legal Services Director at the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking. Her publications include, e.g.State Legislation and Human Trafficking: Helpful or Harmful? in University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform and Expanding Protections for Guest Workers Benefits Businesses in the peer-reviewed Business & Human Rights Journal. Richard regularly provides testimony and guidance to, e.g.: the U.S. Departments of Labor, Justice, and Homeland Security; state legislatures and attorneys general offices; the Judicial Council of California; and the Uniform Law Commission.

Selected Scholarship

  • COVID-19: Yet More Pain for Human Trafficking Victims, Capitol Weekly (2020)
  • Expanding California’s Law to Increase Protections for Temporary Guest Workers Benefits Businesses, Business and Human Rights Journal, 1-6, with Suzanne La Pierre (2020)
  • Medical Perspectives on Human Trafficking in Adolescent Trafficking: A Review, Springer Nature Switzerland AG, with Corey J Rood MD, et. al. (2020)
  • T Nonimmigrant Visas and Adjustment of Status for Victims of Human Trafficking: A Practical Guide to the Relevant Statutory Changes and Updated Regulations, Immigration Briefings, vol. 17, issue 8, 1-2 (2017)
  • The Essential Abolitionist, What You Need to Know About Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery, Chapter 6, How do you create policy for the anti-trafficking movement that leads to real change? (Daliwal Press, 2015)
  • Child Labor Trafficking is a Child Welfare Issue, NACC Children’s Law Manuel Series (2015)
  • State Safe Harbor Laws and Recommendations for Future Legislation, Clearing House Review, Journal of Poverty and Policy, (2013)
  • State Legislation and Human Trafficking: Helpful or Harmful? Michigan Journal of Law Reform (2005)