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Human Rights Litigation & Advocacy

“The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”

John F. Kennedy

Knowles Law Firm practices in the area of human rights litigation and advocacy. Contact us to talk through your situation and any potential legal options you may have.

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Violations of our

Basic Human Rights

Should not be tolerated in any society.

Knowles Law Firm practices in the area of human rights litigation and advocacy. In addition to a law degree, attorney Brian M. Knowles received a Certificate of Law in Intercultural Human Rights Law and a Masters of Law (LL.M.) in Intercultural Human Rights Law. Since a young age, Mr. Knowles has had an inherent attribute of standing up for those who are being unfairly taken advantage of or face discrimination.

Mr. Knowles has a strong belief in fighting and advocating for those whose human rights have been violated and advocating both on the local, domestic, and international stages for the rule of law and advancement of human rights protections.

Human rights stand for the premise that all individuals deserve the right to be treated with dignity and respect. Human rights are individuals’ most fundamental rights that are formally found within a multitude of international treaties with many of these rights incorporated into the domestic laws of countries. Human rights involve the prohibition of violations such as genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Additionally, human rights entail economic, social, cultural, civil, and political rights, including the rights to freedoms of speech, religion, association, healthcare, work, and education. Violations of our basic human rights should not be tolerated in any society.

Knowles Law Firm Fights to Uphold the Rule of Law and Human Rights. Certain claims of human rights violations can be tried in the United States civil justice system, and pursuant to the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) foreign citizens, in some situations, may be able to bring claims in United States courts for violations occurring outside of the United States. Furthermore, individuals within the United States may also be victims of human rights abuses, and claims can be brought domestically.

The firm investigates and handles human rights claims including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Human Trafficking and Sex Trafficking
  • Forced and Slave Labor
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse and Violence
  • Civil Rights

Forced and Slave Labor

According to the International Labor Organization, in 2021, 49.6 million people were living in modern slavery – situations of exploitation where they cannot refuse or cannot leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, or abuse of power. Forced or compulsory labor accounts for all work or service which is exacted from any person under the menace of any penalty and for which the said person has not offered himself voluntarily. Often, victims of forced labor have their passports confiscated and are forced into extended working hours, with no pay, and other inhumane conditions. These situations are a violation of the Human Rights Act.

Human Trafficking & Sex Trafficking

Human trafficking can generally be defined as the recruitment, transportation, or receipt of persons, using forms of coercion such as threat or force, fraud, deception, or abuse of power, for exploitation. Exploitation includes, at a minimum, the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, and slavery or practices similar to slavery. In 2022, the International Labor Organization estimated that approximately 28 million individuals are trafficked globally, with 6.3 million experiencing forced sexual exploitation. Nearly four out of every five victims of sex trafficking are girls or women. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) contains not only criminal penalties for violations of human trafficking but also provides for a civil private right of action allowing human trafficking victims to sue their perpetrators, or whoever knowingly benefits from participating in a venture that they knew or should have known was a violation of the TVPA, for monetary damages and attorneys’ fees. According to The Human Trafficking Legal Center, since 2003, known verdicts and settlements under the TVPA’s private right of action total over 108 million dollars.

Civil Rights Violations and Litigation

Civil rights violations occur in many forms and on many different levels. Knowles Law Firm has actively represented numerous individuals whose civil rights have been violated on the grounds of racial, age, or sexual discrimination by private companies and government entities. Most notably, Mr. Knowles has successfully been engaged in representing an individual who was humiliated and denied access to a haircut at a national haircut company based on his race and a federal employee who endured severe and extreme racial discrimination, including being exposed to hangman’s nooses and vile racial slurs and commentary.

Sexual Abuse and Violence

Rape, sexual assault, and violence against women are severe human rights violations, yet they remain widespread around the globe. Although men and boys experience gender-based violence as well, women and girls around the world are disproportionately affected by sexual violence. Often, organizations or entities facilitate or conceal sexual abuse within their confines, such as churches or other religious facilities, daycares, and schools. Knowles Law Firm ferociously advocates for victims of sexual abuse against the perpetrators and those entities that are involved with facilitating or concealing the abuses and violence. Mr. Knowles has represented several minors, who alleged sexual assault and abuse by an employee of the school system. Speaking up about abusers allows justice to be served and can help prevent others from experiencing such violence.

If you or a loved one has suffered from Human Rights or Civil Rights violations, Knowles Law Firm will fiercely fight to ensure that you will be financially compensated for the damage.

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