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February 10, 2013

‘Safe Harbor’ Critical to Human Trafficking Victims, Says Advocate at 2013 Midyear Meeting

Richard Hooks Wayman, executive director of Hearth Connection in St. Paul, Minn., urges support for safe harbor laws, which reclassify prostitutes as victims of sex-trafficking criminals, rather than perpetrators of crime. Such laws also provide victims with necessary social services.

Wayman spoke at “Safe Harbor Laws: Policy in the Best Interest of Victims of Trafficking,” sponsored by the _ Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, during the ABA Midyear Meeting in Dallas. The program is part of ABA President Laurel Bellows’ initiative to raise lawyers’ awareness of human trafficking and coordinate the bar’s efforts to end it.