Interviewing Victims of Human Trafficking- Simulation Exercise for Lawyers and Paralegals Providing Pro Bono Services

17 September

Part I : 11.00 – 12.30

Part II: 13.30 – 15.00

Room: Ruby

Lawyers and paralegals providing pro bono services are often the first point of contact for victims in trafficking cases. Information gained from initial conversations with these lawyers and paralegals can have a significant impact on the overall outcome of the case. Victim interviewing skills thus assume great importance.

This 2-part session will provide an overview of victim-centric approaches to fact-finding, victim interviewing skills, the role of lawyers and paralegals when interviewing victims of human trafficking and will conclude with a simulation exercise where participants will get the opportunity to put theoretical knowledge to test practically. By the end of the session, participants will:
– Know how to interview and communicate with victims of violence;
– Be able to create a trustworthy environment when entering a community as an outsider;
– Be able to gather testimony and filter facts from rumours.