Salvation Army Headquarters
701 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19123
The Salvation Army Territorial Headquarters
701 North Broad Street
June 20, 2019
Over the past year, commercial sexual exploitation has been front and center in the national media. Politicians have emphasized the intersection of human trafficking and immigration policy. Sex buyers, including prominent businessmen, have been arrested as a result of anti-demand law enforcement strategies. Here in Pennsylvania, we celebrated the passage of Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children (Act 130 of 2018) . We have applauded the growing efforts of law enforcement and prosecutors to use our comprehensive anti-trafficking statute (Act 105 of 2014) to hold perpetrators accountable. It has been nearly five years since Act 105 was enacted. In that time, there have been over 100 trafficking crimes charged, in 28 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties, resulting in 44 convictions. Those successful prosecutions indicate that the awareness and understanding of this complex crime is increasing. However, barriers to effective implementation and investigation remain.
Sex trafficking is happening throughout the Commonwealth, including rural Pennsylvania, leaving behind identified and unidentified victims who experience complex trauma, stigma, and other challenges. Sex trafficking victims have endured sexual abuse, violence, and forced criminal activity. These histories, combined with the additional challenges of co-occurring intimate-partner violence, rape, drug addiction, lack of adequate healthcare and/or illegal immigration status, contribute to a victim population that simply cannot be served by a single person or organization.
This presentation will focus on using Pennsylvania and Federal sex trafficking laws to target the demand for commercial sex which drives the prevalence of sex trafficking in the Commonwealth. It will highlight various law enforcement initiatives already underway in Pennsylvania, and provide strategic approaches for investigations and prosecutions. It will illuminate the complex trauma that victims and survivors navigate throughout their recovery and explore the various skills needed to meaningfully engage with survivors as lawyers, members of a legal team, and representatives of the criminal justice system. This presentation will include a detailed discussion of the capacities and limitations of confidentiality and attorney-client privilege in a cross-collaborative setting.
At the conclusion of this course, participants will be better able to:
Using the Federal/State anti-trafficking laws to target the demand as traffickers
(Shea Rhodes and Michelle Morgan)
Trauma informed lawyering skills when working with survivors of sex trafficking
(Sarah Robinson and PICK A TSA SOCIAL WORKER)
Confidentiality and Attorney Client Privilege
This program, which is open to the public, is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 2.5 CLE credits ( 2.5 Substantative)
 Data from Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, as of 12/31/18.