In 2018, Willow International launched its Legal Services Program. Funding for the program was made possible by Katten Muchin Rosenman Foundation, Inc—a branch of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. The law firm has more than 600 attorneys across the United States, London, and Shanghai and works to give back through volunteer programs and charitable giving activities. Katten Cares and the Katten Muchin Rosenman Foundation, Inc. generously contribute to a wide variety of impactful nonprofit organizations.
“Willow International fights tirelessly for the dignity of victims of human trafficking,” said Katten partner Anna-Liza Harris. “We know that fully addressing and combatting human trafficking requires a multi-layered effort. At Katten, we felt that we could best assist Willow’s work by financially supporting the expansion of its critically important Legal Services Program.”
Headed by Martha Agaba, Willow International’s Legal Services Program is one of the core departments of the organization. The program provides legal aid to survivors of human trafficking while educating the community and key government and law enforcement officials to recognize signs of human trafficking and effectively prosecute traffickers.
With Katten’s sponsorship, the program has made great strides in expanding Willow’s victim advocacy efforts. Victims are empowered to find their voice and obtain justice for the crimes committed against them. In 2018, 16 survivors received legal aid services and 16 cases are currently under investigation with Willow’s support. Four cases were filed in court and one trafficker was convicted of aggravated trafficking for their involvement in the forced marriage of a minor.
For many survivors, seeking justice is an important part of the healing process. With Katten’s support, we are confident that the Legal Services Program will continue to grow and that more traffickers will be prosecuted, providing survivors with much-needed relief.