Law Over Lunch: Human Trafficking: the Modern Slave Trade in Virginia
Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EDT)
Over the past 15 years, “trafficking in persons” and “human trafficking” have been used as umbrella terms for activities involved when someone obtains or holds a person in compelled service. Despite a term that seems to connote movement, at the heart of the phenomenon of trafficking in persons are the many forms of enslavement, not the activities involved in international or domestic transportation.
While is it difficult to accurately record data about human trafficking, the United Nations estimates 2.5 million people are trafficked at any given time in over 160 countries. Of those trafficked, more than 90% of victims experience physical or sexual violence. Worldwide, the crime results in more than $31.6 billion in annual profits.
Sheer numbers do not do justice to the crime. Human trafficking deprives people of their human rights and freedoms, creates a health and safety risk, and fuels the growth of criminal enterprises and organized crime. Because of the ‘low-risk/high-reward’ appeal of trafficking, new offenders are merging trafficking with their current criminal enterprises. Gangs are one example of this, as they use ‘easy money’ collected from trafficking victims to fund other criminal endeavors, such as drugs and guns.
This free CLE will focus upon the issue of human trafficking in Virginia, and the law enforcement and legislative responses to it on both the federal and state levels.
- Michael Y. Feinmel, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, Henrico County, Virginia
- Heather Hart, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Virginia
- Julie McConnell, Director, Children’s Defense Clinic, University of Richmond School of Law
- Alicia Cundiff, Advocacy Manager, Richmond Justice Initiative
1.5 CLE credits pending
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Tara Casey, Director of the Carrico Center for Pro Bono & Public Service