It is increasingly clear that the struggle to combat human trafficking requires integrated efforts on the part of law enforcement, the judiciary, policymakers, academics, social assistance professionals and community groups. However, there are a variety of obstacles to this process, particularly a lack of awareness, communication and understanding regarding multiple and sometimes poorly integrated levels of law, policy and strategy.
This conference links scholars and practitioners and addresses the need for improved coordination of federal, state and international law in four areas:
1) Defining the crime of trafficking including measuring its prevalence and impact;
2) Prosecuting perpetrators while protecting victims over the short and long term;
3) Developing promising interventions in the U.S. and abroad; and
4) Preventing trafficking on a local, national and global scale.
The conference is practically oriented and interdisciplinary, reviewing specific examples of successful prosecutions and anti-trafficking policies and focusing on key areas where more effective cooperation is likely to improve efforts to combat human trafficking.
Combating Human Trafficking will be introduced by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day Oâ€™Connor (ret.) and is organized by Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Ruth V. McGregor (ret.). The conference includes high level representatives of the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Justice, state judges, law enforcement officials, academics, advocates, and NGO representatives working on international and domestic anti-trafficking efforts, as well as prosecutors and advocates from the Argentina, Taiwan and the Philippines.
Register at http://traffickingconference.eventbrite.com/.