UST Law Journal hosts fall symposium Sept. 25

The University of St. Thomas Law Journal will host its fall symposium, "Human Trafficking: Global and National Responses to the Cries for Freedom," next Friday, Sept. 25, in Schulze Hall on the university’s Minneapolis campus.

The topic is a timely one, given growing concern in the United States over human trafficking and current proposals to modify federal human trafficking laws. The FBI has identified Minneapolis as one of the top 14 cities in the national for human trafficking, and several recent cases have brought to light a need for education and collaboration to combat it.

Law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, victim-service representatives, policymakers, lawyers, law faculty and law students have collaborated to present the symposium, a final event in a three-day Human Trafficking Awareness Conference co-sponsored by the UST Law Journal and the Gerald D. Vick Human Trafficking Task Force.

Mark Kappelhoff, chief of the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, will give the symposium’s opening keynote at 9 a.m. He supervises and manages U.S. attorneys involved in the investigation and prosecution of federal criminal civil rights violations, including bias-motivated hate crimes, human trafficking and law enforcement misconduct.

The luncheon keynote speaker is Norma Ramos, co-executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women-International, a nongovernmental organization that promotes women’s human rights by working internationally to combat sexual exploitation.

Panels throughout the day will address the global dynamics of human trafficking, the challenges in interpretation and application of U.S. laws, and the unresolved issues of victims.

The public is invited. Registration will begin in the lower-level lobby of Opus Hall at 8:30 a.m. Cost is $25, which inclues lunch and CLE credits. Register online at www.stthomas.edu/law/rsvp.

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