are honored to present
“Understanding Human Trafficking: Common-Sense Legal Reforms”
Please join the Connecticut Bar Foundation, Connecticut Bar Association’s Committee on Human Trafficking, and Quinnipiac’s Human Trafficking Prevention Project for our series, “Understanding Human Trafficking.” The series explores the interactions between trafficking victims and the legal system—starting with the criminal justice system—and delves into ongoing debates at the state and federal level about what reforms are needed to assist victims in escaping trafficking, in rebuilding their lives after they have escaped, and in preventing trafficking in the first instance.
Using force, fraud, and coercion, traffickers compel their victims to commit a range of illegal acts and then threaten to expose them to criminal prosecution. Victims are regularly arrested and prosecuted for a range of crimes resulting from their trafficking. Even years after they escape their traffickers, their criminal histories continue to haunt them, limiting access to employment, housing, education, and other areas of civic life.
Hidden in Plain Sight: The Faces of Labor Trafficking in Connecticut
SEPTEMBER 24, 2021, 12:00 PM TO 2:00 PM (EASTERN DAYLIGHT TIME)
Please join the Connecticut Bar Foundation, Connecticut Bar Association’s Committee on Human Trafficking, and Quinnipiac’s Human Trafficking Prevention Project for the fourth panel in our series, “Understanding Human Trafficking.”
When Americans think about human trafficking, they often focus on sex trafficking. And yet, experts estimate that victims of labor trafficking—i.e. forced labor—account for roughly two-thirds of all trafficking victims worldwide. Most Americans assume that labor trafficking happens mostly abroad, in Asia, Africa, or Latin America. For this and other related reasons, labor trafficking is woefully under-reported and under-prosecuted in the U.S., and around the world.
To explore what forms labor trafficking takes in Connecticut and the region, we have invited four legal advocates, each with a unique perspective on labor trafficking and the people trapped by it. Drawing on their work with victims, and their expertise bringing legal cases on behalf of these individuals, our panelists will shed light on what labor trafficking looks like in Connecticut and surrounding states—from the migrant farmworkers who pick our crops, to the domestic workers who maintain our households, from the unaccompanied children crossing the border, to the immigrant spouses trapped in abusive marriages, and the workers who have helped build our nation. Panelists will also discuss how our labor and immigration laws impact labor trafficking, and the fine line between labor exploitation and labor trafficking.
Our panel features experts who work with survivors of various forms of labor trafficking, including:
Waring & Carmen Partridge Faculty Fellow
Visiting Associate Professor of Law
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Human Trafficking Prevention Project Co-Chair
Quinnipiac University School of Law
J.D. Candidate 2022
Yale Law School
Project Rescue, Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI)
Radford & Keebaugh, LLC (formerly Southern Poverty Law Center)
Zoom information will be sent to you prior to the event. There is no cost to attend this virtual event, but attendees are asked to consider making a charitable contribution to The David Pels Homelessness Prevention Fund here.
Attorneys admitted in Connecticut may claim up to 2.0 CT CLE hours for attending this event.