On the Internet, buying and selling children for sex is as easy as purchasing a used car.
Why is this allowed and protected online when it is considered a criminal act offline?
Should websites that knowingly enable sex trafficking be held accountable?
Up against a multi-billion dollar industry, trafficking victims and their advocates find themselves on a collision course with judges, special interest groups, websites like Backpage.com, and a law intended to protect Internet freedom.
Join our panelists for a discussion of the challenges faced by trafficking victims and their advocates seeking justice.
Erik Bauer is an attorney from Washington State currently focused on a series of lawsuits involving minor girls trafficked on Backpage.com, the largest online platform where sex trafficking victims are bought and sold. He was featured in the 2017 documentary I AM JANE DOE, which follows the journey of these young girls and their mothers as they challenge Backpage and the internet freedom law that provides a safe haven for website publishers that advertise underage girls for sex.
Krishna R. Patel serves as General Counsel and Justice Initiative Director at Grace Farms Foundation, leading the deployment of an innovative big data platform that enables law enforcement to locate and apprehend traffickers and rescue survivors. From 2003 until 2015, Ms. Patel served as an Assistant United States Attorney and since 2010 as the Deputy Chief of the National Security and Major Crimes Unit. She created one of the first court-monitored restitution funds for victims of human trafficking.
Carol Robles-Román is President and CEO of Legal Momentum, The Women’s Legal Defense & Education Fund, a national organization that advances the rights of women and girls. She was the former Deputy Mayor for Legal Affairs and Counsel to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, where she led the city’s efforts to combat domestic violence and human trafficking through the creation of Family Justice Centers in all five boroughs, which was featured in the 2017 documentary I AM JANE DOE.
Taina Bien-Aimé is the Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, one of the oldest international organizations dedicated to ending trafficking in women and girls and related forms of commercial sexual exploitation. Ms. Bien-Aimé’s expertise in human trafficking began over two decades ago when she joined the Board of Equality Now, and subsequently served as its Executive Director. She has led and participated in national and international coalitions that advocated for strong anti-trafficking legislation from international conventions to the US Federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act to NY State’s Human Trafficking Act.
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Jacob Burns Moot Court Room
55 Fifth Avenue
New York City
55 Fifth Avenue
New York City