National Survey of State Law Privileged Communications Relevant to Human Trafficking Services

The ability to keep private communication between a survivor of human trafficking and their professional support system is critically important. However, knowing what communications are and are not privileged can be confusing. Across the United States, state laws on which communications are privileged vary widely and can be difficult to read.

CAST, in partnership with the University of Arkansas School of Law’s Human Trafficking Clinic created this resource intended to serve as a general overview of the types of privilege available in each state. It also includes the complete collection of statutes and rules pertaining to the state law privileged communications most likely to be relevant when working with human trafficking survivors. It uses easy-to-read tags to show which of these privileges are available by state. This resource is an excellent starting point to help those providing services to trafficked individuals to understand whether their communications with those individuals are likely to be protected and how to best protect them.

How to Access

Click on this link to open an account with AirTable to view the table.  You are required to have an account with AirTable in order to access the table.  You can also use this link, to create your own filters. 

How to Use

Upon accessing the table, you will see a spreadsheet of all the opinions that CAST has currently collated and uploaded.  On the left, you will see a “Views” button.  Use this button to find filtered lists of specific filtered lists of privileges and what states may have them (e.g., Human Trafficking Case Worker, DV/SA Counselor, etc.). The video below provides a walkthrough of how to use the table. 

If you have additional questions or need additional case support, submit a technical assistance request here.


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