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Criminal Liability for Corporate Violations of Human Trafficking Laws
March 8, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET
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This non-CLE program will take place at:

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
1200 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Teleconference option available! Dial-in numbers will be emailed to all registrants.

On March 8, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. ET, the International Human Rights Committee’s Subcommittee on Human Trafficking is proud to sponsor a 90-minute program on criminal liability for corporate actors who violate US human trafficking laws and the future of US human trafficking policy regarding transnational corporate actors.

The program will feature a three-person panel of expert speakers, and will be moderated by Jeffrey Bartlett, vice-chair of the International Human Rights Committee and chair of the Committee's subcommittee on human trafficking. Our speakers will include: 

Karen Stauss – Ms. Stauss is senior policy counsel for the US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, where she plays a lead role in formulating policy and in coordinating with other federal agencies.  She is the former director of programs for Free the Slaves, where she oversaw the organization’s community-based anti-trafficking programs around the world.  Prior to that she served in research, policy and legal services positions with Polaris Project and Human Rights Watch, where she opened and operated the field office in Democratic Republic of Congo.  Ms. Stauss obtained a bachelor’s degree from Duke University before pursuing her JD at Columbia Law School.

Martina Vandenberg – Ms. Vandenberg is founder and president of The Human Trafficking Legal Center, an organization that connects pro bono attorneys to trafficking survivors seeking legal services. Ms. Vandenberg has spent more than two decades fighting human trafficking.  She has represented victims of human trafficking pro bono in immigration, criminal, and civil cases. While in private practice, she conducted internal investigations on FCPA violations.  A former Human Rights Watch researcher, she researched and authored two Human Rights Watch reports, “Hopes Betrayed: Trafficking of Women and Girls to Post-Conflict Bosnia & Herzegovina for Forced Prostitution,” and “Kosovo: Rape as a Weapon of ‘Ethnic Cleansing.’”  Ms. Vandenberg holds a bachelor's degree from Pomona College, an M.Phil from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Sophia Lin – Ms. Lin is a legal & policy coordinator at the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and currently leads ICAR’s work relating to corporate criminal accountability as well as trade and investment.  Formerly, she was an Asia Research Fellow at Freedom House, focusing on human rights issues in China. She has also worked with the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation, Human Rights in China, International Rights Advocates, and the Human Rights Law Foundation. She also served as a consultant analyst for Freedom House's 2016 “Freedom in the World" report. Sophia graduated cum laude from American University Washington College of Law.

Moderator: Jeff Bartlett, Vice Chair, ABA Section of International Law International Human Rights Committee


  • Karen Stauss, US Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit
  • Martina Vandenberg, The Human Trafficking Legal Center
  • Sophia Lin, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable
  • List Price: $25.00
  • Sponsor Member Price: $15.00
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