The week of January 6, NC FIELD’s Executive Director, Yesenia Cuello + Communications Chair, Brittany Wilson, traveled to Duke University’s School of Law to serve as community partners for the law school’s Designing Creative Legal Solutions course.
The class focused on creating innovative legal solutions to human trafficking within the farm worker community in North Carolina. the class was instructed to collaborate with the guest community partners to brainstorm + develop a solution to a meet a need that in someway combats human trafficking of farmworkers. The class was divided into groups, each with their own community partner as a reference guide. The hundreds of sticky notes used in the classroom held some of the most creative, ambitious, and promising ideas!
Check out the course description below:
Law 865: Designing Creative Legal Solutions
Can the law of tomorrow be better than the law of today? Good lawyers help their clients navigate risk. Great lawyers are creative problem solvers who tackle increasingly complex challenges faced by their clients and their communities. In this course, we’ll attack seemingly intractable legal problems to develop real, creative solutions. We are partnering with other law schools to tackle the issue of human trafficking, which we’ll explore from various stakeholder perspectives. We’ll build upon the design approach of IDEO, a global innovation firm committed to creating disproportionate impact through design, and—along with various community stakeholders—apply their basic approach to pressing legal challenges. Our goals will be to walk away with templates for real creative solutions for our community and real creative mindsets for ourselves.
Labor & Sex Trafficking in North Carolina
North Carolina ranks in the top 10 of US states with the most concerning Human Trafficking rates. Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will. Force, fraud, or coercion need not be present if the individual engaging in commercial sex is under 18 years of age.
Often times the conversation of human trafficking sound a lot like the 2012 cinema drama, Taken, however that is not an accurate depiction of what really happens. Although just like in the movie there are a number of people within the trafficking network that profit from the exploitation. There is also the misconception that sex trafficking is the only type of trafficking when there is also labor trafficking. Labor trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery in which individuals perform labor or services through the use of force, fraud, or coercion.
Labor trafficking includes situations of debt bondage, forced labor, and involuntary child labor. Labor traffickers use violence, threats, lies, and other forms of coercion to force people to work against their will in many industries.
Common types of labor trafficking include people forced to work in homes as domestic servants, farmworkers coerced through violence as they harvest crops, or factory workers held in inhumane conditions with little to no pay.
Who profits from farmworker exploitation + trafficking?
- Consumers of agriculture
- Family members
- Farm worker leader
- Foreign labor recruitments
- Partners within the network of trafficking
- Labor providers
Types of industries for labor trafficking.
- Domestic work
- Traveling Sales Crew
- Restaurant/Food Service
- Illicit activities
A snapshot of human trafficking rates in North Carolina:
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
It takes a village to combat the injustices within the farmworker community. The National Human Trafficking Hotline has a resource library full of resources to help educate + prepare yourself and community to recognizing and responding to human trafficking.
You don’t have to be a Duke Law student to come up with creative solutions to combat farmworker injustices! Be a vessel in your community by volunteering + collaborating with NC FIELD!
A very special thank you to Duke School of Law and their organizers for a fun and exciting experience!
adapted from: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/