Human Trafficking

  • Robles-Román said, “Mary, I’m embarrassed that I didn’t believe the advocates, because I wasn’t reading about it anywhere. But, when I visited homeless shelters or schools, inevitably one student would stay afterward and say, ‘Don’t look at me—I don’t want you to know who I am—but I was trafficked.’ Why is it a secret how many children are being raped by pedophiles?”
  • Carol Robles-Román Launches Alliance at Trust Women Conference
  • Legal Momentum—The Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, represented by Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a case against Backpage.com for facilitating the buying and selling of children for sex. The case is Jane Doe et al. v. Backpage.com LLC, in which the website Backpage.com is charged with knowingly profiting from the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
  • Legal Momentum Board member Loria Yeadon moderated an event with Legal Momentum in Palo Alto, California—in the heart of Silicon Valley—on July 21 to raise awareness of online sex trafficking of minors today and address ways to end this growing problem. 
  • Legal Momentum is in the vanguard, spurring national change to end enterprises that facilitate exploitation of at-risk women and girls. On Thursday, Legal Momentum published an op-ed in the Seattle Times calling for the federal government to take strong action against Backpage.com and other websites that facilitate online exploitation of vulnerable girls and women.
  • Legal Momentum's President and CEO, Carol Robles-Román and Executive Vice President and Legal Director, Penny M. Venetis, wrote a forceful op-ed in the Seattle Times calling for strong and swift action against online commercial exploitation of children.
  • Recorded webinar:Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse: From Teen Dating Violence to TraffickingThis National Judicial Education Project webinar was originally presented on November 12, 2015.This informative webinar from the National Judicial Education Program addresses the prevalence of Intimate Partner Sexual Abuse (IPSA) in domestic violence cases, the importance of knowing about and understanding IPSA for risk assessment, strategies to encourage victim disclosure, and recommendations for addressing IPSA in cases where domestic violence is the primary allegation.
  • Legal Momentum Helps Pass Cuomo’s “Enough Is Enough” Bill
  • Legal Momentum Addresses Human Trafficking, “The New Slavery”On April 22, the New York City Bar Association presented a panel on “The New Slavery: The International Trafficking in Women and Girls,” sponsored by the Committee on the UN and the Council on International Affairs. Penny Venetis, Legal Momentum’s Executive Vice President and Legal Director, spoke on the panel, which examined the global reach of trafficking as a crime and human rights violation.
  • The Senate’s failure to confirm Loretta Lynch as US Attorney General because of partisan disagreement over an important bill on human trafficking is a sad irony. Lynch has been a top leader in the fight against human trafficking during her tenure as US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.