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January 9, 2014

Conference Sneak Peek: Human Trafficking

Did you know that January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month?  This month marks a call for increased action on behalf of the millions of men, women, and children who fall prey to human trafficking in the U.S. and around the world every year.  According to the Global Freedom Center:

Modern slavery, or human trafficking, is the reprehensible practice of holding another in compelled service using whatever means necessary, be it physical or psychological.  Men, women, and children are coerced into bonded labor, forced or sold into prostitution, held in domestic servitude, and enslaved in agricultural fields and factories.

Because anti-trafficking legal resources are severely limited and trafficking victims are rarely in a position to pay for legal assistance, pro bono plays a vital role in protecting and empowering trafficking victims and bringing traffickers to justice.  Whether by representing survivors in civil suits against their traffickers, drafting model anti-trafficking laws, helping to create specialized courts, or working to expose and redress noncompliance with the federal Trafficking Victim Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), pro bono lawyers are an essential component of the movement to break the chain.

Want to learn more about the work being done to combat human trafficking?  Register for the 2014 PBI Annual Conference and attend the Pro Bono in Practice session on human trafficking on Thursday, March 6.  Back by popular demand, the Pro Bono in Practice sessions are lively discussions that explore pro bono opportunities and developments in a given field.

We hope to see you at the Conference!  To register for the Annual Conference or get more information, click the link above.  If you have questions, please send us an email.