Human Trafficking Summit-October 6, 2016

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 AGENDA

 October 6, 2016

8:50 Welcome

  • Welcome by Robert B. Ahdieh, Vice Dean Emory University School of Law 
  • Melissa D. Carter, Executive Director of Emory Law's Barton Child Law and Policy Center 
  • Presiding Justice P. Harris Hines, Supreme Court of Georgia

 

9:00 Overview of Human Trafficking - What is it?

  • Definition (International (Palermo Protocol), Trafficking Victims Protection Act, State (OCGA 16-5-46)
  • Labor Trafficking
  • Sex Trafficking (adults and children)
  • Difference between adult prostitution and Human Trafficking
  • Is this a problem in Georgia? 
  • Efforts to Combat Human Trafficking in Georgia
  • Georgia laws that have been enacted over the past several years (HB 200 – 2011, Safe Harbor, Trafficking Notice, OCGA 16-5-47)
  • Demand for Human Trafficking Victims

Presenters:

Attorney General Sam Olens, Georgia Attorney General's Office

Camila Wright Zolfaghari, Human Trafficking Prosecutor Assistant Attorney General, Georgia Attorney General's Office

 

9:35 Recognizing Justice - Involved Victims and Understanding Their Needs

  • How can justice system stakeholders work to identify victims and respond to their needs?
  • What types of cases may involve trafficking victims?
  • In family/juvenile courts, what does this process look like and how does it differ from criminal court?
  • What does it mean to be “trauma-informed” and how does this apply to the justice system?
  • How does sex trafficking intersect with domestic violence and sexual assault?
  • What are some indicators of trafficking?

Presenters/Panel:

Moderator-Honoroble Sara Doyle, Chief Judge, Georgia Court of Appeals

Ambassador Susan Coppedge, Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State

Honoroble Willie Lovett, Judge, Fulton County Juvenile Court

Honorable Fernando Camacho, Judge, Suffolk Couty Court, 10th Judicial Circuit, Court of Claims Judge and Acting Supreme Court Justice, originator of the first human trafficking court in New York

Camila Wright Zolfaghari, Human Trafficking Prosecutor Assistant Attorney General, Georgia Attorney General's Office

10:35 How courts can respond to the issues of Human Trafficking

  • What can judges do to address human trafficking?  (e.g. leadership, convening stakeholders, etc.)
  • How did your court model get started?  When did you realize that the court needed to do things differently?
  • What sort of cases do you handle? How are cases identified and processed? How is this different than traditional cases case processing?
  • How is the program funded and staffed?
  • How do you define success? What are your outcomes? (statistics and stories)

Presenters/Panel:

Danielle Malangone, Director, National Anti-Trafficking Strategies, Center for Court Innovation 

Honorable Paul M. Herbert, Judge, Franklin County Municipal Court, Columbus, OH (Ohio CATCH Court)

11:05 Children in Foster Care and Human Trafficking

  • The impact & requirements for children in foster care of
  1. Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act and
  2. Trafficking Victims Protection Act;
  • Multi-disciplinary protocol for the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and sexual exploitation; 
  • The Safe Harbor Bill Service Plan

Presenters/Panel:

Moderator-Honorable Peggy Walker, Judge, Douglas County Juvenile Court

Ashley Willcott, Director, Georgia Office of the Child Advocate

Jodi Spiegel, Assistant Director, Director, Georgia Office of the Child Advocate

Beth Locker, Federal Grants Manager, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services

11:55 Lunch

12:20 Spoken Word Presentation

Presenters:

Poetry  written by speakers, coordinated and directed by Crystal L. Williams 

12:40 A View from the Bar: What Attorneys Want Judges to Know About the Prosecution of HT Cases

  • Information on the training that prosecutors are receiving around the state to have the ability to prosecute an HT case in state court.
  • Case study of HT case involving the trafficking of a boy tried by Judge David Emerson.
  • How prosecutor offices are handling the arrests of adult women or men for “prostitution.”  
  • Do Georgia Courts need a paradigm shift in our adult courts on issues of adult prostitution vs. human trafficking?

Presenters/Panel:

Moderator-Dalia Racine, Assistant District Attorney, DeKalb County 

Judge David Emerson, Douglas County Superior Court Judge

Jennifer Hendee, Assistant District Attorney, Gwinnett County 

Esther Panitch, Defense Attorney, The Panitch Law Group, P.C.

Honorable Sherry Boston, Solicitor General and District Attorney Elect, DeKalb County, Georgia

1:25 Nuts and Bolts: Jurisdiction and Evidence Issues in HT Cases

  • What is the exclusive and the concurrent jurisdiction of federal and state courts in HT cases?
  • What are the jurisdictional considerations if a crime occurs in more than one county or state?
  • How do you determine where a crime occurred for purposes of venue?  
  • When is it appropriate to use close circuit testimony in cases for victims under 17 years of age based on O.C.G.A. § 17-8-55, and for victims 17 years of age or older?

Presenters/Panel:

Moderator-Katherine Hoffer, Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of Georgia

Judge Leslie Abrams, United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia

Dalia Racine, Assistant District Attorney, DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office

Nathan Whiteman, Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Jeff Ertel, Senior Litigation Attorney at Federal Defender Program, Inc. 

2:10 What Services Victims Need and What Resources are Available?

  • What specific services are available for both child and adult victims?
  • What questions do I need to ask of attorneys and advocates to make the best decisions about the most appropriate resources?
  • Based on the underlying needs of trafficking victims, what are the most effective interventions? (trauma-informed, DV/sexual assault provider, etc.) 
  • How do I access the resources?
  • How can service providers partner with the courts to help identify victims and connect them to services?
  • Who do I contact to get more info?

Presenters/Panel:

Moderator-Honorable Cassandra Kirk, Chief Judge Magistrate Court of Fulton County

Mary Frances Bowley, President/Founder, Wellspring Living

Jamila Furtch, Program Coordinator, Wellspring Living

Heather Stockdale, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Georgia Cares

Melba Robinson, Program Director, Haven ATL, Salvation Army

Jeff Shaw, Director, Out of Darkness

3:10 International Aspects of Human Trafficking in Georgia

  • Legal basis for state court jurisdiction in labor trafficking cases - what is the legal authority.
  • Substantive state law on labor trafficking - what are the elements of the offense and what are possible defenses?
  • Brief description of labor trafficking case that was prosecuted (either in state or federal court)
  • What the law states regarding certification - what is the legal authority that allows a state court judge to sign a certification based on the Violence Against Women’s Act and Trafficking Victim Protection Act.
  • What factors (for and against) should a state court judge consider in deciding to sign the certification.
  • Resources specifically for foreign-born victims.

Presenters/Panel:

Moderator-Ambassador Susan Coppedge, Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State  

Kathy Hoffer, Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of Georgia

Alia El-Sawi, Victim Assistance Specialist, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations

Shinji Morokuma, Program Director, Office of Court Professionals, Administrative Office of the Courts

Dan Werner, Senior Supervising Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center's Immigrant Justice Project

 

4:00 Judicial Ethics Discussion

Presenters/Panel:

Moderator: Rich Reaves, Executive Director, Institute of Continuing Judicial Education

Honorable Cassandra Kirk, Chief Judge Magistrate Court of Fulton County

Honorable Bonnie Chessher Oliver, Northeastern Circuit Superior Court

Honorable Robert V. Rodatus, Presiding Judge, Gwinnett Circuit Juvenile Court

4:35 Final Thoughts from our Out-of State Guests

Presenters/Panel:

Moderator-Attorney General Sam Olens

Honorable Fernando Camacho, Judge, Suffolk County Court, 10th Judicial District, Court of Claims Judge and Acting Supreme Court Justice, originator of the first human trafficking court in New York

Ambassador Susan Coppedge, Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State

4:55 Closing Remarks

Attorney General Sam Olens, Georgia Attorney General's Office