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Understanding Human Trafficking Series

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Understanding Human Trafficking Series:

Common-Sense Legal Reforms

Series Overview

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. 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

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PAST EVENTS

Stories from the Underground: How Trafficking Survivors Experience the Criminal Justice System

FEBRUARY 19, 2021, 12:00 PM TO 2:00 PM (EASTERN STANDARD TIME)

The second panel in the series highlights the stories of two trafficking survivors as they struggled to navigate the criminal justice system in their respective states.  The panel will explore the obstacles that trafficking victims face as they interact with the criminal justice system, moving from arrest to prosecution and conviction, and then to criminal record relief, including applications for pardons and vacatur.

Recording of this event will be made available soon

 

 

Fighting Human Trafficking by Decriminalizing Victims: Expanding Connecticut's Vacatur Laws

JANUARY 8, 2021, 12:00 PM TO 2:00 PM (EASTERN STANDARD TIME)

The inaugural panel began the series with a look at how expanding vacatur laws -- allowing victims of human trafficking in Connecticut to apply to "vacate," or set-aside, their criminal convictions -- can help to decriminalize trafficking survivors and enable them to re-join their communities as full members.

This panel featured a range of experts: 

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