The mission of the Trafficking Law Center is to provide free legal assistance to human trafficking victims and survivors. We work to eliminate barriers and obstacles so that sex and labor trafficking survivors can pursue housing, employment, family stability and realize their hopes and dreams.

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Co-Founder & Executive Director

Joel Shapiro (he/him) is an attorney and policy advisor.  He has served as Chief Counsel to U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, Policy Counsel to Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel, and as a Deputy District Attorney.  As lobbyist for the “Kids Are Not For Sale" coalition, Joel has advocated on behalf of sex trafficking victims and survivors.  He also represents trafficking victims and survivors in litigation. 

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Co-Founder & Program Director 

Andrea (she/her) co-founded Trafficking Victims & Survivors Law Center after realizing the need for trauma informed legal advocacy for trafficked persons.   She brings over 25 years of legal representation, law and policy analysis, victim’s advocacy, NGO experience, and legal writing to the center.  She is a pro bono Attorney with the Oregon State Bar.


Development & Research

Nina (she/her/they) attended the University of Oregon with focuses in: political science, public policy, international relations, and nonprofit administration. Her nonprofit work has mainly focused on centering the experiences of marginalized peoples for more accessible and equitable outcomes. Her beliefs in transformative justice and accessibility are central to her goals of community organizing, critical advocacy, mutual aid, and public policy change.

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Legal Intern

Sabrina (she/her) is a graduate and law student at the University of Oregon studying nonprofit management, conflict and dispute resolution, and law. Her undergraduate degree is from UC Berkeley in peace and conflict studies with a concentration in human rights and human security. Her passion lies in advocating for human rights, particularly in anti-human trafficking. She aspires to help create more survivor centric policies, increase victim resource access, and provide survivor legal representation. She will aid TLC in legal assistance and research, policy initiatives, non profit and community development, and survivor advocacy.



Legal Intern

Addie (she/her) is a law student at the University of Oregon with an undergraduate degree in philosophy, politics, and economics. She hopes to work in criminal law, though her passion for social justice extends to youth services, public policy, and survivor-centered initiatives. She aspires to provide a voice and a platform for the silenced or unheard by creating opportunities for trafficking awareness, accessibility to community resources, and a sense of genuine understanding. She will assist TLC  with legal research, policy initiatives, and client advocacy. 

Direct Legal Services

Trauma-Informed Training

Legislative Initiatives

Public Education