On Human Trafficking Awareness Day 2018, FOX 24 in Charleston dedicated its broadcast to exploring these crimes in South Carolina.
Murphy & Grantland attorney Elliott Daniels serves on the state’s Human Trafficking Task Force (2017 annual report) and represents survivors pro bono. He spoke at length with anchor Leyla Gulen.
“When survivors have lawyers, they have access to their rights,” Daniels said as the interview began.
The shareholders at Murphy & Grantland are proud to support the pro bono legal work of firm attorneys and Legal Assistance for Survivors of Trafficking (LAST). Elliott formed LAST in the summer of 2017 through cooperation between the Federal Bar Association, the Greenville Bar Association and the South Carolina Bar.
By The Numbers: 2017
- LAST served 19 survivors
- Murphy & Grantland served 22 survivors
Editor note: figures overlap
“Survivors of trafficking face challenges that can seem insurmountable,” says Daniels, “But, attorneys are problem-solvers by nature, so why not bring our resources and abilities to bear on behalf of survivors?
Legal Assistance for Survivors of Trafficking
LAST is a network of multidisciplinary attorneys across South Carolina who provide high-quality pro bono legal representation for survivors. Through a case-by-case model, LAST works to secure justice for individual clients and to shape a justice system in our state that works for survivors of trafficking.
The group’s leadership team includes Daniels, who has been a member of the S.C. Human Trafficking Task Force since 2012, where he serves as Chair of the Legal Innovation Subcommittee, as well as Tricia Ravenhorst (S.C. Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault), Jamie Lea Shoen (U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of S.C.), Hannah Rogers Metcalfe (Metcalfe & Atkinson), Jack Cohoon (S.C. Legal Services) and Matthew Couvillion (Wyche law firm).
In his private practice, Elliott Daniels defends businesses, individuals and insurance companies in a wide variety of civil matters. Elliott is a member of the South Carolina Bar and he is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina.