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Case Western gets grant to establish a human trafficking law clinic
The grant comes from the Ohio Attorney General's office as a part of the Victims of Crime Act

Michael Bratton
Lipton says she hopes the clinic can can help make a positive difference in Northeast Ohio.
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CORRECTION: This story originally listed an incorrect amount for the grant.

Case Western Reserve University's School of Law
has received a grant of more than $131,000 from the Ohio Attorney General’s office to establish a human-trafficking law clinic.

Under the program, third-year law students will represent victims of human trafficking and sexual assault in court under the supervision of faculty.

The grant will also help the law school increase awareness of human trafficking to students, social service providers and the public.

Judith Lipton is one of two directors spearheading the project. She hopes the clinic can make a positive difference in Northeast Ohio.

LISTEN: Lipton on her hopes for the clinic

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“I hope that on a very small scale that we can help at least one person at a time," said Lipton. "And maybe on a little bit bigger scale, at least within Northeast Ohio, we can begin to address the bigger issues, begin to address how we most effectively stop the traffickers.”

Lipton also says the grant comes as a result of increased funding in the federal Victims of Crime Act, which provides funds in support of services that assist victims of crime.

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