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.
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 AfternoonDiscussion Workshops
Morning A Window Inside the Classroom
12:00-12:50 P.M.Lunch Talk: Traffickers Cross Borders: Legal SolutionsMcDowell Classroom, South Hall room 1225A free lunch will be served.
AfternoonDiscussion Workshops and Wrap-Up
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