The Ohio Attorney General’s Victims of Crime Act Fund (VOCA) recently awarded Case Western Reserve University School of Law’s Human Trafficking Clinic with a $425,000 grant to expand the clinic’s community outreach, education and survivor identification. The clinic represents survivors of both sex and labor trafficking in criminal, civil, juvenile, family and immigration matters.
The initiative is directed by a team of attorneys with dual social work degrees: Melanie GiaMaria and Maya Simek, both lecturers at the law school, and Judith Lipton, the Honorable Blanche E. Krupansky and Frank W. Vargo Jr. Professor of Law.
The new round of funding to the law school is among the largest continuation VOCA grants issued.