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Traffickers work across borders, so we must too.

Last year, we at the University of Michigan Law School Human Trafficking Clinic launched an exciting initiative called Clinnect HTS (Clinnect “Human Trafficking and Slavery”).

Clinnect HTS is a global network devoted to combating human trafficking and slavery through advocacy-based exchange. The focus of the network is educational: we want to connect law school clinics representing victims of human trafficking and slavery with other law school clinics representing victims of human trafficking and slavery so that best practices can be shared, helpful referrals can be made, and new partnerships can be formed—not just with lawyers but also with doctors and social workers and researchers and anyone, really, who cares about rescuing and rehabilitating the millions of people currently enslaved around the world.

The purpose of Clinnect HTS is to combat human trafficking and slavery by: (1) starting law school clinics, if no clinic exists in a particular country and (2) connecting law school clinics with others who do human trafficking and slavery work—locally and globally.

After over a year of building these relationships, we are so excited to be hosting an international workshop in Ann Arbor for faculty members and students, with a wide range of expertise, from universities in, for example, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ethiopia, and the Netherlands. At this workshop, Clinnect HTS partners will share their academic and professional experiences in person so that we can all improve both our teaching and the legal representation we provide to victims of trafficking and slavery. Together, we will begin to identify an array of innovative, cross-border legal solutions—all with the goal of establishing Clinnect HTS as a network clinicians worldwide can count on for support.

       Bridgette Carr                                  Eva Foti
       Clinical Professor of Law                   Clinical Fellow
       Human Trafficking Clinic                   Human Trafficking Clinic

Monday, September 21, 2015

John F. Nickoll Family Room, South Hall room 1025, unless otherwise noted.

​9:00-9:30 A.M.
Welcoming Remarks
Luis C.deBaca, former Ambassador at Large for the U.S. State Department's Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

9:30-11:00 A.M. 
Panel I: Overview of Law School Clinics​

11:15 A.M.-12:30 P.M.
Panel II: Victim-Centered Advocacy

12:30-1:30 P.M.
Lunch in the Jeffries Lounge (South Hall room 1220)
*This lunch session is open to invited participants only.

1:30-3:00 P.M.
Panel III: Triple R: Interdisciplinary Collaboration​​

Late Afternoon
Discussion Workshops​​

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

John F. Nickoll Family Room, South Hall room 1025, unless otherwise noted.

A Window Inside the Classroom​

12:00-12:50 P.M.
Lunch Talk: Traffickers Cross Borders: Legal Solutions​
McDowell Classroom, South Hall room 1225
A free lunch will be served.

Discussion Workshops and Wrap-Up

Sue Anne Bell is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She received a PhD in Nursing from the University of Michigan, with an emphasis in Women’s Health. Her research focuses on disaster preparedness and response, particularly women's health outcomes post-disaster. Dr. Bell has practiced nursing and conducted research in multiple global settings including Ghana, Ethiopia, India, Cambodia and the Caribbean. Her global health focus includes the implementation of an emergency nursing specialization program in Kumasi, Ghana, as part of the Ghana Emergency Medicine Collaborative, and in building nursing capacity in Ethiopia.

Bénédicte Bourgeois holds an MA in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the University of Panthéon-Assas in Paris, and she specializes in topics around contemporary slavery and human trafficking. She has litigated nationally-significant cases related to criminal provisions (including procedural) on human trafficking and forced labor, immigration law, state liability and the issue of diplomatic immunities and access to justice. As a junior lawyer, she brought the first modern-day slavery case before the European Court of Human Rights (Siliadin v. France, n° 73316/01), and represented several applicants in front of this Court afterwards. In 2013, she was part of the team that successfully advocated for the introduction of the three offenses of slavery, servitude, and forced labor into the French penal code. Between 2012-2014, she served as a project officer for the implementation of a capacity-building project in several states of former Yugoslavia. She has also worked as a consultant in monitoring anti-trafficking national case-law and legislation for the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. 

Diana Padilla Cabrera is a lawyer at the Universidad Autónoma del Caribe. She is currently the coordinator of the Centro de Altos Estudios para la Paz y Clínica Jurídica (Center for Peace Studies and Legal Clinic), which works on the issue of human trafficking. She is a master's candidate in public law and a specialist in public law with emphasis on public policy from the Universidad de Norte, Colombia. She has studied how to strengthen and expand and responses to the crime of human trafficking in the Atlantic Department in Colombia by the United Nations Office of  Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Interior Ministry of Colombia. 

Bridgette Carr has dedicated her career to advocating for the rights of human trafficking victims and advancing comprehensive domestic and international anti-trafficking policies. Her work focuses on driving paradigm shifts in the way human trafficking victimization is perceived and addressed, and helping reintegrate victims by developing legal solutions that address the complex issues of coercion and victimization around compelled service and its aftermath. As the founding director of the University of Michigan Law School’s Human Trafficking Clinic, the first clinical law program solely devoted to addressing this issue comprehensively, Prof. Carr, her colleagues, and a new generation of trainees have provided free legal services to victims since 2009, supporting the wide-ranging needs of men, women, and children, both foreign nationals and U.S. citizens, who have been victimized by a range of trafficking crimes. Using the Michigan Clinic as a model, Prof. Carr is working with university partners around the world to develop similar programs to combat human trafficking and train law students. She is the lead author of the first casebook on human trafficking law and policy​, which examines the cross-section of criminal justice, civil and human rights, immigration and international law that frames these issues. Prof. Carr regularly provides human trafficking training to law enforcement, government officials, and healthcare providers, as well as consultations to state and national authorities on the issue of human trafficking. 

Kristen Choi is a doctoral student in the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She is interested in interpersonal trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder among children and adolescents.

Julie Dahlstrom is a Clinical Legal Fellow at Boston University School of Law where she oversees the Human Trafficking Clinic. She is also a Senior Staff Attorney at Casa Myrna Vazquez, where she represents adult survivors of commercial sexual exploitation. Previously, Ms. Dahlstrom was the Managing Attorney of the Immigration Legal Assistance Program at Ascentria Care Alliance, where she oversaw their human trafficking and domestic violence programs. Ms. Dahlstrom is the co-chair of the U- and T-visa Working Group at Massachusetts Law Reform Institute. She also co-chairs of the Public Service Subcommittee of the Immigration Committee of the Boston Bar Association and is a member of the Human Trafficking Subcommittee of the Delivery of Legal Services Committee. In 2012, she was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the Massachusetts Human Trafficking Task Force, chaired by the Attorney General, and she has served as the co-chair of the Victim Services Subcommittee and a member of the Labor Trafficking Subcommittee. Ms. Dahlstrom received a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College.

Nitze Nayeli Pérez Fernández obtained her law degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM); she holds a master's degree in law and professional specialization in civil law, from the same university. She has exercised her professional services as a litigator in diverse law firms, most recently at García Fernández y Loredo Abogados, S.C. She is currently coordinator of the Law Clinic for Enterprise Development ath the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

Eva Foti-Pagan is a clinical legal fellow at the University of Michigan Law School's Human Trafficking Clinic. She manages a project funded by a $600,000 grant from the U.S. State Department that established a human trafficking clinic at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City. The project is a collaboration between the Human Trafficking Clinic and the human rights research and policy firm NEXUS Institute. In addition to her work with ITAM, Foti-Pagán developed and runs Clinnect HTS, a global network of legal clinics dedicated to combatting human trafficking. The network seeks to build off the success of ITAM and is now pursuing projects in, among other places, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia, France,  and the Netherlands. Foti-Pagán holds a BA from Brown University, where she double majored in history and Hispanic studies, and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was managing editor of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law and a student attorney in two clinics: the Human Trafficking Clinic and the Pediatric Advocacy Clinic. She also interned at the Legal Aid Society in Queens, New York. Before law school, Foti-Pagán worked at a law firm in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Prior to that, she spent a college semester abroad in Argentina, where she studied at the Universidad de Buenos Aires and volunteered with the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. Foti-Pagán is a dual citizen of the United States and Italy. She was raised in Puerto Rico and speaks Spanish with native fluency.

Carlos H. B. Haddad graduated from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) Law School in Brazil in 1995 where he pursued his master's degree (1999) and SJD (2003), both in criminal law. He became a federal judge in 2001. Haddad has also served as an associate professor of criminal law at the UFMG Law School since 2010. He is director of the Clínica de Trabalho Escravo e Tráfico de Pessoas (Slave Labor and Human Trafficking Clinic), which opened in March 2015 at UFMG Law School.

Harvey Leo is an assistant research scientist in the Division of Health Behavior and Education and Center for Managing Chronic Disease at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. His research interests involve the impact of allergic diseases such as asthma, food allergies, and atopic dermatitis in the pediatric population and community. He is currently a practicing pediatric allergist and immunologist and member of the University of Michigan Pediatric Asthma Disease Management Program whose goal is to improve emergency room utilization and family education regarding acute life threatening asthma.

Jody Lori is an associate professor of nursing and associate dean for global affairs at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Her work is based on a human rights approach to reduce maternal mortality disparities globally. Working with this focus, her program of research centers on community-based interventions to address the high rates of maternal and neonatal mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, she is working in collaboration with the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) with funding from a private donor on a major multi-year project addressing midwifery pre-service education and faculty retention in Ghana and Cambodia. Her research in Ghana is focused on describing pathways for posting professional midwives to underserved and deprived rural areas to encourage rural service for the Ministry of Health. Past field work experience has included travel to Ghana, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mexico and Zambia.

Livia Mendes M. Miraglia graduated from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) Law School in 2006. In 2008, she  accomplished her master's degree and in 2012, her SJD, both in labor law. Miraglia's thesis was about slave labor in Brazil and it has become a book that is in its second edition. Miraglia has been a professor of labor law at UFMG since 2013. In 2015, she participated in the foundation of the Clínica de Trabalho Escravo e Tráfico de Pessoas (Slave Labor and Human Trafficking Clinic) at the Law School at UFMG.

Francia Baltazar Parra is currently a full-time student at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), double majoring in political science and international relations. She has collaborated as a writer with online magazines on social interest issues and is currently junior coordinator at ITAM's Clínica de Interés Pú​blico contra la Trata de Personas (Public Interest Clinic agains Human Trafficking) for its non-legal areas (Public and Political Lobbying, and Awareness and Informative Campaigns).

Claudia Marcela Riveros Parra holds a degree in social communication and journalism with emphasis in communication for development from the Universidad Externado de Colombia. She specializes in international cooperation within the European Union framework and in the legal protection of armed conflicts victims; she is candidate for a master's degree in human rights, democracy and globalization at the Universidad Abierta de Cataluña. She worked in the Protection Unit of the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) as an Information Officer at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and as coordinator of the UN Humanitarian Situation Room in Colombia. Currently, she manages international relations for the Centro de Altos Estudios para la Paz (Center for Peace Studies) at the Universidad Autónoma del Caribe in Colombia, where she oversees all matters related to human rights including the Legal Clinic program aimed at protecting human trafficking victims. 

Diana Pinzóis a lawyer specializing in public law and labor law. She has professional experience in both the public and private sectors and in undergraduate and graduate-level teaching. Diana is adviser to the Legal Clinic and Mediation Center and coordinator of the Legal Clinic for Public Interest and Human Rights at the Universidad Autonoma de Bucaramanga (UNAB) in Bucaramanga, Colombia. She is also a member of the Clinical Legal Education Network (REACD - Red de Enseñ​anza Clínica del Derecho) and co-investigator of the research group of the Theory of Law and Legal Training at UNAB. Diana also serves as the academy representative to the municipal committee on disability in the municipality of Bucaramanga.  

Patrick Quirk is Associate Professor and Pro Bono Coordinator at Australian Catholic University Melbourne campus, and a tenured Associate Professor and former Academic Dean at Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida, USA. He holds degrees in law and arts from the University of Queensland and a Master of Civil Laws from the University of Tübingen, Germany, which he completed by coursework and thesis (in German). Following graduation, he was admitted to the Queensland Bar and practised as a solicitor at a large firm in Sydney. Patrick has also taught at Bond University Law School and the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. He teaches and writes on the Uniform Commercial Code, the law of electronic commerce, civil law, and law and religion. Patrick has taught or given presentations in many countries including Poland, Italy, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Germany and the United States. 

Conny Rijken is Associate Professor at INTERVICT (International Victimology Institute Tilburg), Tilburg Law School, Tilburg University, the Netherlands. Over the last fifteen years Dr Rijken has done extensive research on various aspects of human trafficking including the European perspective, migration, labour exploitation and human rights. She has been leading several (EU funded) international and interdisciplinary research projects e.g. ‘Combating THB for Labour Exploitation’, ‘Joint Investigation Teams in the EU’ and has just finished a research on ‘Corporate Social Responsibility to Prevent Human Trafficking’. She has conducted innovative research on the needs of victims of human trafficking, the nexus between human trafficking and statelessness in Thailand, and Sinai Trafficking. Dr. Rijken has been invited as speaker and lecturer on human trafficking and related topics all around the world by various universities and international organisations. She has been appointed to the Advisory Committee on Migration Affairs and serves as a deputy judge. Detailed information and her list of publications can be found here​ ​and you can contact her at 

Hector A. Perez Rivera is a lawyer who received his law degree from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM); specialist in human rights and criminal law from the Universidad de Castilla in La Mancha, Spain. He has postgraduate studies in human rights, international rights and access to justice. He has held diverse public offices, as well as positions in civil society organizations related to the defense of human rights. He has participated in conferences and workshops in universities and institutions in Mexico, Spain, and the United States. He has defended cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Currently, he is Coordinator of  the Clínica de Interés Pú​blico contra la Trata de Personas (Public Interest Clinic against Human Trafficking) at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México and is a Legal Specialist for United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Mexico.

Dr. Vladislava Stoyanova is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, Lund University, Sweden. She studied law at Sofia University, Bulgaria, human rights law at the Central European University, Hungary and international public law at Leiden University, the Netherlands. Vladislava obtained her doctoral degree from the Faculty of Law, Lund University ,Sweden. She is the author of Human Trafficking and Slavery Reconsidered. Conceptual Limits and States’ Positive Obligations in Europe, (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2016) where she develops the argument that in focusing on trafficking, the international community sidelined the human rights commitments against slavery, servitude, and forced labour. Vladislava offers refined definitions of these wrongs and sets out in detail states’ positive obligations to guarantee protection against them. She has practical experience in the field of refugee protection in Bulgaria. She teaches migration law and human rights law. She has widely published in the field of migration law, refugee law, human trafficking, and slavery.
​For additional information, contact:
Jenny Rickard
734.764.4705 or

The conference will be held in South Hall at the University of Michigan Law School- 701 South State Street, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48901-3091. 
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