Innovations in the Fight Against Human Trafficking: Perspectives and Proposals

Innovations in the Fight Against Human Trafficking: Perspectives and Proposals

Friday, October 10, 2014
8:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
The symposium was followed by a wine & cheese reception

New York Law School
Events Center
185 West Broadway
New York, New York 10013 

The New York Law School Impact Center for Public Interest Law

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Videos of the event are available on the Program page
Photos from the event are available here.

Read a recent interview with symposium speaker
Hon. Pamela Ki Mai Chen in the New York Law Journal here.

Symposium speaker Ivy O. Suriyopas was awarded one of the Best Lawyers Under 40
by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.  Read more here.

Human trafficking has been high on the policy agenda for more than a decade at all levels of national and international governance, but helping the survivors of human trafficking, IMG_2826with or without policy change, is a daily concern for front line workers in the fight against human trafficking.  Human rights advocates and law enforcers grapple with the implementation of new and old laws to protect victims and punish traffickers.  Front line workers are the first to recognize the nature of social problems created by human trafficking and the first to understand the shortcomings of capacity and resources in the policies intended to remedy trafficking. The attorneys, NGO leaders, and front line agency staff members are often the most creative innovators of solutions to problems poorly understood at higher levels of government and politics. This symposium brought together leaders in front line problem solving and innovation to share knowledge, consider challenges and needed solutions, and to offer new ways forward.

This Symposium, Innovations in the Fight Against Human Trafficking: Perspectives and Proposals, addressed human trafficking in its broadest meaning, as a form of exploitation growing from economic inequalities and both domestic and global migration to seek better work and a better life which has special risks for women and children.

The organizers created this symposium to promote further discussion of human trafficking among front line workers from government, NGOs, philanthropies, the legal profession and others with specialized training or experience, as well as community-oriented private businesses, all of whom share the burden of seeking solutions and implementing policies related to trafficking.   Contributions of the participants will be publicized through the Symposium website and published as a special issue of the New York Law School Law Review as cutting edge starting points for the next round of discussions about this important global problem.


This event was made possible in part by the generous support of Greenberg Traurig, LLP