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Immigration Issues: Services and Relief for Foreign-born Victims of Human Trafficking
November 17, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
During this program, expert presenters will demystify the barriers and clarify misunderstandings surrounding relief and assistance for adult and child foreign-born survivors of human trafficking, specifically around immigration relief options. We will dissect case examples that agencies, advocates, and many other community members may encounter. Presenters will also offer solutions to better equip everyone so we may all do better to empower and support trafficked persons who are sex and labor trafficked and those who are at risk.
Approved by the Florida Bar for 2 Hours of General Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Credit.
Vania Aguilar, FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights
Daniela Donoso, Legal Services of North Florida
About the Speakers:
Vania Aguilar, FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights – Ms. Aguilar is a program manager at CAHR, where she oversees the administrative work of the Center. She has been working with the Center since 2001. She conducts trainings on human trafficking for various groups in the community. In addition, she oversees the Center’s case management and service provision for human trafficking victims and victims of other crimes. She has developed curriculum for the Florida Department of Education and Florida Department of Children and Families and the Florida Department of Education on human trafficking. She was granted BIA Accreditation in 2013 and is assisting clients with their VAWA, DACA, Adjustment of Status, asylum, SIJS, TPS, U and T visa application submissions. She serves as a co-chair for the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking Social Service Committee. On behalf of the coalition, she has written op-eds, participated on radio show interviews to discuss how Florida is affected by human trafficking, conducted presentations and directed outreach initiatives. In addition, she has served on the board of the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center, a non-profit that assists victims and survivors of human trafficking in the second judicial circuit.
Daniela Donoso, Legal Services of North Florida – Daniela Donoso serves as the Program Wide Immigration Attorney at Legal Services of North Florida, LSNF. Formerly the Equal Justice Works Fellow at LSNF, Donoso designed her fellowship to be a comprehensive immigration advocacy program in North Florida to serve immigrants who are low income and/or crime victims and establish immigration protocols, procedures, and resources for LSNF staff and community partners. Daniela, a past DACA recipient, knows what it is like to have your life shifted by fear and uncertainty because of the broken immigration system. Her personal and professional experience working with marginalized communities has instilled an altruistic spirit that makes her uniquely suited for this Fellowship. Donoso received her law degree from Florida State University College of Law and became a Florida barred attorney in April of 2021. Donoso received her bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Florida State University. She spent her undergraduate and graduate time working for the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, gaining mentors and experience in immigration and anti-trafficking advocacy.