South Carolina Law Review Symposium 2020: Human Trafficking and the Law

University of South Carolina School of Law

Law Review Symposium: Human Trafficking and the Law

February 21, 2020

This program will carry 6 credits of CLE in South Carolina. To receive CLE credit, please select the Ticket with CLE credit option at checkout.

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Robert M. Wilcox, Dean, University of South Carolina School of Law
Dennison LaRue, Editor in Chief, Vol. 71, S.C. Law Review

9:15 a.m. Keynote: The Importance of Interdisciplinary Responses to Human Trafficking

Speaker: Alan Wilson, South Carolina Attorney General
The keynote speaker will address what anti-trafficking efforts our state has made in the recent years.

10:00 a.m. — Speaker: Human Trafficking Courts: The Role of Courts in Combating Human Trafficking

Speaker: Marsha Rabiteau, President and CEO, Center for Human Trafficking Court Solutions, State Justice Institute
This session will speak about human trafficking courts as a way to deal with human trafficking victims.

10:30 a.m. — Speaker: A Closer Look at Trafficking

Speaker: Martina Vandenberg, Founder and President, The Himan Trafficking Legal Center
Martina Vandenberg will draw on the Human Trafficking Legal Center's criminal and civil case databases to discuss new trends in human trafficking cases, with a focus on access to justice for survivors. Trafficking survivors rarely see their traffickers prosecuted; very few have access to justice. Faced with little chance or restitution from criminal cases, trafficking victims are turning to civil cases to try to obtain justice and compensation. Her remarks will cover both sex and labor trafficking in the United States.

11:00 a.m. — Panel I: Labor Trafficking and the Law

Moderator: Aparna Polavarapu, Assistant Professor of Law, UofSC School of Law
Speakers: Cody Corliss, Legal Officer, United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals; Jodi Westbrook Flowers, Member Attorney and Lead of Antiterrorism and Human Rights Practice Group, Motley Rice, LLC Annie Smith, Professor and Director, Human Trafficking Clinic; Director of Pro Bono and Community Engagement, University of Arkansas School of Law
This panel will discuss difficulties of combating labor trafficking in both prosecution of these cases as well as law that may make such prosecution difficult.

12:00 p.m. — Lunch

(on your own)

1:00 p.m. — Speaker: A Prosecutor's Perspective: Breaking the Myths About Sex Trafficking

Elliott Daniels, Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney's Office, District of South Carolina
Elliott Daniels, an Assistant U.S. Attorney and active member of the S.C. Human Trafficking Task Force, will provide a more detailed focus on the ways in which sex trafficking occurs in our nation/state, and this speaker can provide information about legislative history that may affect sex trafficking.

1:30 p.m. — Panel II: Sex Trafficking and the Law

Moderator: Joel Samuels, Professor of Law; Director, Rule of Law Collaborative, UofSC School of Law
Speakers: Kinli Abe, Assistant Attorney General, SC Office of the Attorney General; Jennifer Brinkley, Assistant Professor of Legal Studies,University of West Florida; Blanche B. Cook, Robert E. Harding Jr. Associate Professor of Law, University of Kentucky School of Law,/em> Kate Mogulescu, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law, Brooklyn College
This panel will discuss practical difficulties of identifying and combating sex trafficking both in helping survivors practically and in the courtroom.

2:45 p.m. — Break

3:00 p.m. — Speaker: A Survivor’s Perspective and What Comes Next

Kat Wehunt, Executive Director, The Formation Project
To end the discussion, Kat Wehunt, Founder and Executive Director of the Formation Project, Vital Voices, will give a testimonial as to the realities of trafficking and a personal critique of the ways in which she would like to see changes in the law and in other service forms to best combat human trafficking.

3:30 p.m. — Panel III: Call to Action

Moderator: Susan Kuo, Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Law, UofSC School of Law
Speakers: Judge Michèle Patrão Forsythe, South Carolina Family Court; Jacquelyn Hamelryck, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Beth Messick, Executive Director, Jasmine Road; Beth Messick, Executive Director, Jasmine Road
This panel will focus on solutions from various fields' perspectives ranging from victim advocates to law enforcement as well as judges and attorneys.

4:30 p.m. — Closing Remarks