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CLE - Human Trafficking: A Call to Action (FREE)

Thursday, June 6, 2013 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

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Please join us at the Boston Bar Association for this important program, which is being offered at no cost to attendees and is sponsored by the BBA's  Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP), the BBA's Administration of Justice Section, Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Section, Delivery of Legal Services Section, Criminal Law Section, Labor & Employment and Immigration Section.


Human trafficking is one of the largest and fastest-growing illegal industries in the world, and may involve sexual slavery, forced labor and exploitation of children. In February 2012, Massachusetts enacted "An Act Relative to the Commercial Exploitation of People," which creates both criminal and civil penalties, and other means of redress, for human trafficking-related offenses in Massachusetts. The Act also established a task force chaired by Attorney General Martha Coakley to address all aspects of human trafficking through policy and other changes.

This program will familiarize attendees with the issue of human trafficking and Massachusetts law related thereto. Our panelists will provide an overview of the legal, law enforcement and community-based work that is being done throughout the Commonwealth to combat human trafficking.

The discussion will highlight the government and community-based agencies engaged in the work and the specific immigration, labor and employment, criminal and other legal issues implicated by trafficking. The program will also discuss involvement of the private bar, including the Act’s creation of a civil remedy for victims of trafficking. Finally, the program will explore what legal and other resources can be offered to address the problem.



Liam T. Lowney
Executive Director, Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance, Victim & Witness Assistance Board

Panel One: Human Trafficking: An Overview

Cherie Jimenez
Josephine Butler E.V.A. Center

Mirna Montano
Worker Center Organizer, MassCOSH

Lisa Goldblatt Grace, LICSW, MPH
Co-Founder & Director
My Life My Choice

Panel Two: The Massachusetts Anti-Trafficking Law and Task Force

Thomas G. Brophy, Esq.
General Counsel
Office of Sen. Mark C. Montigny (D-New Bedford)

Deborah Bercovitch, Esq.
Assistant Attorney General
Office of Attorney General Martha Coakley

Kimberly Henry
Interagency Human Trafficking Policy Task Force
Office of Attorney General Martha Coakley

Panel Three: On the Ground: Responding to Human Trafficking

Julie Dahlstrom, Esq.
Managing Attorney
Immigration Legal Assistance Program
Lutheran Social Services of New England

Diane L. Rosenfeld, J.D., LL.M.
Lecturer on Law and Director of the Gender Violence Program
Harvard Law School

Sgt. Detective Donna Gavin, Esq.
Boston Police Department Human Trafficking Unit


Members of the BBA's  Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) Class of 2013:

Jacqueline S. Anchondo, Esq.

Benton B. Bodamer, Esq.

Omar F. Gonzalez-Pagan, Esq.

Meghan D. Hely Walsh, Esq.

Daniel M. Routh, Esq.

Staci Rubin, Esq.

Anjali S. Waikar, Esq.

Sponsored by the BBA's the BBA's Administration of Justice Section, Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Section, Delivery of Legal Services Section, Criminal Law Section, Labor & Employment and Immigration Section.

Registration is FREE for this important program.


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