In February, Charleston’s WCSC television produced a special report regarding human trafficking. Murphy & Grantland attorney Elliott Daniels spoke with reporter Kolbie Satterfield about the crimes and what attorneys are doing to in response.
An excerpt from the report:
Daniels represents trafficking survivors pro-bono and works with the task force to provide legal assistance for survivors of trafficking.
“We represent survivors of trafficking in a variety of capacities,” said Daniels. “When their traffickers are being prosecuted often they’ll ask for a lawyer to seek restitution.”
Despite the progress South Carolina has made, those on the task force said there is still room to grow.
“There’s a lot of work to be done,” said Daniels. “But there’s been a tremendous push in recent years and I think the US attorney’s office, and the attorney general’s office deserve a lot of credit for that. They’ve put a lot of energy in this issue.”
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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
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 B. 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.