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Understanding Human Trafficking Series

Leigh Latimer

Leigh Latimer

Leigh Latimer is a Supervising Attorney with the Legal Aid Society in New York City where she has defended clients facing criminal prosecution since 1987.  In 2013 Leigh became a founding member of Legal Aid's Exploitation Intervention Project (EIP) and now supervises the project which includes four criminal-defense attorneys, an immigration attorney, a mitigation specialist, and a paralegal/case-handler.  EIP represents clients charged with prostitution-related and victims of trafficking and gender-based violence charged with other offenses in NYC’s criminal courts and advocates for trafficking victims in a variety of settings. Leigh regularly trains public defenders, prosecutors, and other stakeholders in the criminal legal system on best practices to prevent the criminalization of trafficked and exploited individuals. She has also provided testimony before the New York State Legislature, is on the Steering Committee of the New York Anti-Trafficking Network, and is a board member of Izote, a Long-Island based not-for-profit. Leigh received a BS from the University of Illinois and a law degree from the University of Denver.

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