Modern recognition of international human rights emerged at the end of World War II with the atrocities of Nazi Germany fresh and vividly in mind. The United Nations was formed and among its expressed purposes was the promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms. These basic concepts were incorporated into the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted in 1948. The Universal Declaration is the best known and most cited human rights document in the world and is incorporated in the constitutions and laws of many countries.
Human rights law is an area of law close to the hearts of our team members at Haeggquist & Eck, LLP. Our human rights trafficking attorneys in San Diego tirelessly works to represent victims of human rights violations and human trafficking in class actions. Since the UN’s Universal Declaration, the human rights it laid out have since gained prominence as a universally recognized set of norms and standards applicable to all people as individuals, within all communities, and among all nations. Among the contemporary applications of international human rights laws is the evolving concept of corporate social responsibility, protection of refugees, asylum, human trafficking, and tort claims in U.S. courts by aliens for violations of human rights occurring abroad.
For more information about how Haeggquist & Eck, LLP can help you or someone you care about who is a victim of human trafficking or a human rights violation, contact us online or call (619) 342-8000 for a free case evaluation.
Human Trafficking is modern-day slavery of victims forced, defrauded, or coerced into labor or sexual exploitation. According to U.S. government statistics, as many as 800,000 people – mostly women and children – are annually trafficked across national borders. This figure does not account for the millions of people who are trafficked within their own countries.
Human Trafficking victims are ensnared by means such as physical force, coercion, and false promises regarding job opportunities or marriages in foreign countries. Victims often suffer physical and emotional abuse, rape, threats against self and family, passport theft, and even death.
In addition to criminal sanctions, California allows victims of human trafficking to bring civil actions for actual damages, compensatory damages, injunctive relief, any combination of those, or any other appropriate relief, including attorney fees and costs. Additionally, victims may be awarded up to three times actual damages or $10,000, whichever is greater, as well as punitive damages.
Haeggquist & Eck, LLP and our human rights trafficking attorneys in San Diego provide legal representation to human rights victims and victims of human trafficking on a contingency fee basis – that means we will fight for you at no cost until you are awarded compensation.