If you are a victim of sex trafficking with a felony prostitution conviction:
Road to Rights will support you in applying to have your felony conviction vacated.
That means your citizen's rights will be restored; your right to vote, serve on a jury, run for public office and own a firearm (with an additional application).
It may free you from any penalties from that felony. That felony will not have to be added to any application and will no longer impede you from seeking housing, a job or meeting your education goals.
A notation will be made with the arresting police and prosecutors offices that your charge was vacated; you are recognized as a victim, not a criminal.
You do not have to turn over your trafficker to work with Road to Rights or to apply to vacate your felony.
If you work in the criminal justice system:
Road to Rights is collaborative project that is designed to work hand-in-hand with the criminal justice system. Through working together to properly identify victims and restore their rights, Road to Rights and our partners can positively impact sex trafficking in Arizona.
Traffickers work to keep their victims underground and away from any supportive elements that could help them escape. Traffickers encourage their victims to fear law enforcement and the justice system as a whole. Within this manipulation, traffickers often devise situations where their victims may be charged with a felony as a means of control; people with a felony lose their citizen rights and have greater difficulty finding temporary and/ or permanent housing, a job, enrolling in school and applying for certain professional licenses.
When victims have felonies, traffickers can keep them in their situation by providing those denied, but essential, resources like housing.
In working with Road to Rights, victims will experience the benefit of having the criminal justice system on their side. If their felony is vacated, they will be registered to vote and encouraged to participate. These victories will help to remind victims and survivors that help is available and the criminal justice community can provide support. Working to change the traffickers narrative around the criminal justice system will do a lot to help those currently being trafficked and prevent future potential victims from becoming trafficked.
To discuss collaboration, answer questions or request a presentation on Road to Rights, contact Road to Rights Specialist.
If you work in government or nonprofit victim advocacy, healthcare or in the faith-based community:
Road to Rights' success can only be possible with active engagement and collaboration with our partners in victim services and outreach.
Many victims of human trafficking do not know that they have been trafficked. They do not know that they may qualify for support. They do not know they may be able to get their felony prostitution charge cleared. And they may not know about Road to Rights. So, they may not come to us.
But they may come to you.
Trafficking victims are often victimized by someone who identifies as a “boyfriend” or by a family member. Your client may not identify as a human trafficking victim, but they may identify (or have been identified) as a domestic violence or sexual violence victim.
Many human trafficking victims are prevented from seeking aid from outside sources, but often they are seriously injured or have sexually transmitted infections as a circumstance of their abuse, or of their forced labor, and must seek help at the emergency room or healthcare clinic.
Victims are often in the position of having to seek outside assistance for basic resources, like shelter and food, based on the nature of their abuse or as an aftermath of that abuse.
While anyone can be victimized, people who are homeless, in or have been in the foster care system, are LGBTQ, have struggles with mental health or addiction and most especially have a history of trauma, are most at risk. If you are working with these populations, then are you likely serving trafficking victims and survivors.
Through a collaborative effort, Road to Rights can work with organizations to identify victims and survivors that may qualify for Road to Rights. Road to Rights can help your client restore their citizen rights, register to vote and clear their record to support additional goals for work, housing and education. When working with survivors, Road to Rights knows that they will have a list of needs that will not be met by clearing their record alone; collaboration with supportive partners is essential to ensure that those we serve get the resources they need to move forward, even after they are registered to vote!
To discuss collaboration, answer questions or request a presentation on Road to Rights, contact a Road to Rights Specialist