“Remedies for Trafficking Victims: Civil Litigation in the Federal Courts” provides in-depth training for attorneys bringing suits under 18 USC §1595, the federal private right of action. Using a case-study approach, the course examines labor and sex trafficking civil cases litigated in the federal courts. It also provides insights into important civil precedents, recent amendments to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA), and resources available for civil litigators representing trafficking survivors. Participants will gain knowledge about the range of state and federal claims typically brought in addition to federal trafficking statutory claims (Chapter 77 of Title 18).
The course materials draw extensively from The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center’s database of all federal trafficking cases brought since the private right of action’s inception in 2003. This program, the first session in a two-part series, covers civil trafficking case development, pleadings, myths about trafficking commonly held by juries, the interplay between immigration and civil litigation, the interplay between criminal cases and civil cases, and the impact of trauma. Session II focuses on federal criminal trafficking prosecutions and mandatory restitution for trafficking survivors.
I. Comprehend the federal private right of action, its history, and its relationship to federal human trafficking criminal statutes
II. Understand elements of pleadings in trafficking cases
III. Know additional causes of action typically brought in federal complaints alleging human trafficking
IV. Grasp important civil precedents and common outcomes
V. Understand myths about human trafficking and the impact of these misconceptions upon juries and judges
VI. Recognize the interplay between immigration, criminal, and civil trafficking cases
VII. Grasp the implications of trauma on plaintiffs in civil cases
VIII. Become familiar with the extraterritorial reach of federal trafficking statutes and strategic litigation for abuses beyond U.S. borders
IX. Identify common defenses raised in trafficking cases
Martina E. Vandenberg is the founder and president of The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center (HT Pro Bono). Vandenberg established HT Pro Bono in 2012 with generous support from the Open Society Foundations (OSF) Fellowship Program.
Prior to becoming an OSF Fellow, Vandenberg served as a partner at Jenner & Block LLP, where she focused on complex commercial litigation and internal investigations under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. She served as a senior member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.
Vandenberg has spent two decades fighting human trafficking, forced labor, rape as a war crime, and violence against women. Vandenberg has represented victims of human trafficking pro bono in immigration, criminal, and civil cases. She has testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law, the Helsinki Commission, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the House Armed Services Committee on an array of human rights issues. Through HT Pro Bono, Vandenberg has trained more than 1,800 pro bono attorneys nationwide to handle human trafficking matters.
A former Human Rights Watch researcher, Vandenberg spearheaded investigations into human rights violations in the Russian Federation, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Uzbekistan, Kosovo, Israel, and Ukraine. She is the author of two Human Rights Watch reports, “Hopes Betrayed: Trafficking of Women and Girls to Post-Conflict Bosnia & Herzegovina for Forced Prostitution,” and “Kosovo: Rape as a Weapon of ‘Ethnic Cleansing.’” As a researcher for the Israel Women’s Network, she investigated and published the first report documenting human trafficking into Israel. While living in the Russian Federation in the 1990s, she co-founded Syostri, one of Russia’s first rape crisis centers for women.
Vandenberg has received multiple awards for her leadership against human trafficking. In 2012, the Freedom Network USA presented Vandenberg with the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Award for her “outstanding leadership and dedication in working to combat human trafficking and slavery in the United States.” In 2013, she received the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation’s Stevens Award for outstanding service in public interest law. In 2015, she received the Katharine & George Alexander Law Prize. She also received Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Pro Bono Award for her successful representation of trafficking victims in United States federal courts and her advocacy before Congress. Vandenberg currently serves as a co-chair of the International Bar Association’s Human Trafficking Task Force.
A Rhodes Scholar and Truman Scholar, Vandenberg has taught as an adjunct faculty member at the American University Washington College of Law and at the Oxford University Human Rights Summer Program. She is a graduate of Pomona College (B.A.), Oxford University (M.Phil), and Columbia Law School (J.D.).
Brillant presentation! Excellent!
Superb. Professional and compassionate delivery and message. A must study and review for any attorney
Excellent and thoughtful program! Thank you.
This presentation was outstanding. I would highly recommend this to others.
Very complete and heart felt!
An excellent presentation, rich in substance (case law, statutory, and data) and shared with the viewer in an extremely compassionate and coherent manner.
This was incredibly informative.
The presenter was by far one of the best I've seen in a long time. She is fascinating to listen to.
Very well done presentation by someone who clearly devotes her life and energy and mental gifts to serving abused people. Thank you for this presentation and for the passion accompanying it.
Really great presentation
Very good presentation
Both legally valuable as we as having societal value. Presenter a dedicated individual to an important cause - kudos to her
Fantastic and informative
Outstanding presenter. Excellent program. Great use of examples.
Eye opening. Clearly presented.
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This presenter and course was one of the best CLEs I have taken. I recommend a series on this topic conducted by this presenter.
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Great, well organized and thoughtful presentation ! Good job.
Very well done. Thank you.
Outstanding, well organized, high content presentation on a very important topic. Highly recommended.
significant content--glad I took both classes
Very knowledgeable and articulate instructor
Martina is very knowledgeable and highly skilled in imparting it to others.
This presentation was excellent. I learned a great deal about an area of law that I knew very little about. Very informative.
this was great, informational. wished I knew someone doing this my area, I would volunteer
I want more presentations on this subject...perhaps with information on how many judgments are recovered by the victims. Excellent presentation!
Highly recommended. I plan to take Part 2 as well.
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