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ABA Hosts Human Trafficking Training for Lawyers and First Responders

CHICAGO, Nov. 1, 2012 — Lawyers, criminal justice professionals and social service providers from across the Midwest will take part in the _ Section of Litigation’s human trafficking training on Friday, Nov. 9, in Chicago.  These lawyers and first responders will learn from experts in the field on how to identify victims, investigate crimes and direct victims to medical and other social services.

The goal of this program is to help all professionals understand the reality and impact of human trafficking — from showing how trauma affects victims to illustrating the barriers they encounter in accessing much-needed assistance.

Speakers include: Katherine Kaufka Walts, director, Center for the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University Chicago; Dr. Jordan Greenbaum and Stephanie V. Blank, Center for Safe and Healthy Children, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Lou Longhitano and Beth Burns, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office; and Felice Weiler, victim and witness specialist, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.

The ABA Section of Litigation is hosting the event.  ABA President Laurel Bellows has identified human trafficking as one of her primary initiatives during her term this year.

What:
Midwest Regional Human Trafficking
Task Force Training Conference

When:
Friday, Nov. 9, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where:
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
77 West Wacker Drive, Suite 3100
Chicago, IL 60601

For media credentialing, please contact Meredith Josef at . This event is free and open to members of the press.  Lunch and snacks will be provided.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

The Section of Litigation, the ABA’s largest practice specialty section with over 61,000 members, is dedicated to helping litigators become more effective advocates for their clients.

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