NAWJ Webinar - Courtroom Tools for Addressing Human Trafficking, Domestic and Sexual Violence, and Child Exploitation in the Time of COVID-19

May 19, 2020 @ 1:00PM - May 19, 2020 @ 2:00PM

A Free Webinar

presentation of the National Association of Women Judges Human Trafficking Committee

May 19th @1:00pm CENTRAL

2:00 PM EDT/1:00 PM CDT/12:00 PM MDT/11:00 AM PDT/10:00 AM AKDT

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Judge Ann Breen-Greco, Independent Administrative Judicial Professional, Chicago, Illinois

Judge Bobbie J. McCartney, Judicial Officer, Office of the Secretary, USDA


Judge Bernadette G. D'Souza, Civil District Court in New Orleans, Louisiana


Judge Elizabeth R. Finn, Glendale City Court, Arizona


Judge Pamila Brown, District Court of Maryland, Howard County

Judge Virginia M. Kendall, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Summer Stephan, San Diego County District Attorney

Christi Wigle, CEO of United Against Slavery

This session will explore current international dynamics at place in the trafficking of human beings, the local perspective of how trafficking manifests itself in communities and local agencies responses, the ways in which we can improve services to victims, and what is taking place in our courts:

  • How has a world pandemic changed our understanding of how to combat human trafficking?

  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the frequency and form of human trafficking, domestic violence and child exploitation?

  • Are those crimes continuing and how does it look at the street level for law enforcement, advocates and legal professionals?

  • Has the coronavirus changed the way we advocate for abuse survivors?

  • What if any priority is given domestic violence and trafficking cases as courts seek to reopen? 

  • What are some tools and solutions that can help Judges, legal professionals and advocates advance access to justice and trauma informed practices despite the COVID-19 pandemic?

  • What are some of the challenges and successes that survivors are experiencing during this season?

  • What are the factors that make the challenges that already existed in the courtroom for the proper handling of HT/DV/vulnerable women and children cases even larger because of the COVID-19 health crisis? 

  • What kinds of sentencing practices are courts using in trafficking cases and has that changed a result of the pandemic?

  • How if at all do courts work with local stakeholders concerning domestic violence and human trafficking matters during and pre COVID 19 and is it appropriate to do so?

  • What impact can frontline data collection have on the judicial sector in future disasters or pandemics?


American Bar Association Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence

American Bar Association Judicial Division

Illinois State Bar Association Women and Law Committee

National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary

United Against Slavery


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