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Hidden in Plain Sight: The Faces of Labor Trafficking in Connecticut

Starts September 24, 2021 at 12:00 PM (ET)

Ends September 24, 2021 at 2:00 PM (ET)

Child in shadows

Join the Connecticut Bar Foundation, Connecticut Bar Association’s Committee on Human Trafficking, and Quinnipiac’s Human Trafficking Prevention Project for the fourth panel in our series, “Understanding Human Trafficking.”

When Americans think about human trafficking, they often focus on sex trafficking. And yet, experts estimate that victims of labor trafficking — i.e. forced labor — account for roughly two-thirds of all trafficking victims worldwide. Most Americans assume that labor trafficking happens mostly abroad, in Asia, Africa, or Latin America. For this and other related reasons, labor trafficking is woefully under-reported and under-prosecuted in the U.S., and around the world.

To explore what forms labor trafficking takes in Connecticut and the region, the Quinnipiac School of Law has invited four legal advocates, each with a unique perspective on labor trafficking and the people trapped by it. Drawing on their work with victims and their expertise bringing legal cases on behalf of these individuals, the panelists will shed light on what labor trafficking looks like in Connecticut and surrounding states — from the migrant farmworkers who pick our crops, to the domestic workers who maintain our households, from the unaccompanied children crossing the border, to the immigrant spouses trapped in abusive marriages, and the workers who have helped build our nation. Panelists will also discuss how our labor and immigration laws impact labor trafficking, and the fine line between labor exploitation and labor trafficking.

The panel, which features experts who work with survivors of forms of labor trafficking, includes:

  • Alicia Kinsman, Project Rescue, Connecticut Institute for Refugees and Immigrants (CIRI)

  • James Bhandary-Alexander, Yale Law School

  • Agatha Schmaedick, SAFE Center for Human Trafficking Survivors, University of Maryland

  • Daniel Werner, Radford & Keebaugh, LLC (formerly Southern Poverty Law Center)


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