The Criminalization of Trafficking Victims: Beyond Prostitution
November 12, 2019 at 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST
Over the past decade, there has been increased public awareness that sex trafficking survivors are often arrested and prosecuted for prostitution. The reality is that many survivors of both sex and labor trafficking are at increased risk of being arrested for a range of crimes related to the circumstances of their trafficking. As a result, justice system stakeholders should consider ways to reduce further victimization and the collateral consequences caused by justice system involvement. Join our next webinar to learn how criminal legal system actors can respond to questions of culpability, develop a range of case resolutions, leverage safe harbor laws, assert affirmative defenses, and provide retroactive remedies for survivors with criminal records.
Participants will learn to:
- Recognize barriers to disclosure of human trafficking experiences
- Identify common co-occurring crimes in survivors’ cases
- View culpability on a spectrum
- Consider appropriate case resolutions
- Understand affirmative defenses and safe harbor laws
Dalia Racine, Attorney Adviser, AEquitas
Kate Mogulescu, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law, Brooklyn Law School
Best for paralegals, investigators, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, and clerks
Despite our best intentions and efforts to be procedurally fair and humane, court proceedings are often traumatic events for human trafficking survivors, especially those survivors who are arrested and charged with criminal offenses. By learning more about the genesis and manifestations of trauma, justice professionals can reduce the harm inflicted on survivors and increase trust. Watch this MOSAICS online learning course to explore how you can incorporate trauma responsive practices into your courtroom.
This online learning course:
- Provides an overview of trauma
- Explains how justice professionals can recognize and respond to trauma
- Gives examples of trauma responsive practices and policies
Presented by Miriam Goodman and Charlotte Weber
In our first webinar, we explain MOSAICS’s focus on developing appropriate court responses to survivors of human trafficking facing criminal charges, our approach to training and technical assistance, and how courts can apply work with the project. If you are interested in applying for training and technical assistance, we encourage you to watch this webinar to gain a deeper understanding of our project.