This program is free to Judicial Division members. Criminal Justice Section members pay $95.
Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry with more than 20 million victims, and that number is climbing. Among criminal enterprises, human trafficking is second only to drug trafficking in profitability. The Department of Justice estimates that the majority of suspected human trafficking incidents, approximately eight out of ten, are classified as sex trafficking as opposed to labor trafficking. The victims of sex trafficking within the United States are women and children, particularly girls under 18 years of age. For many of these victims, temporary freedom from their criminal abusers occurs only upon arrest and incarceration for prostitution or drug related offenses. Victims, however, experience arrest and incarceration as "double abuse" because they are punished and jailed for illegal conduct coerced by their abusers.
The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, which turned a global spotlight on the issue, does not address the criminal justice system's role in prevention, remediation, and rehabilitation. Community, judicial, and legislators have attempted to bridge this gap with innovative decriminalization legislation and community programs.
This webinar presents an overview of existing law and current community-court based programs across the nation that address the plight of thousand of victims who have been forced into sexual exploitation and are facing criminal prosecution for their abuse. The Hon. Catherine Pratt of the Los Angeles Superior Court provides an overview of recent decriminalization legislation and diversion programs such as S.T.A.R. and C.A.T.C.H. that criminal justice stakeholders throughout the country are adopting to address this form of modern-day slavery.
In addition, the dichotomy between human trafficking and prostitution - and child abuse and child custody - as well as the vulnerability of exploited children in the juvenile justice system, will be discussed with an emphasis on how legal leaders in the courts and the community can promote and adopt laws and programs to combat the pernicious effects of child and adult trafficking.