Law school hosts summit on combating sex trafficking

School of Law students, from left, Carolina Fernandez, Alyssa DeDominicis, Catherine Fiore, Taylor Matook and Edward Duarte take a photo with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., during a visit to Quinnipiac School of Law on Monday. Each of the students have been working in collaboration with Marriott Hotels & Resorts to train workers to identify and prevent sex trafficking in hotels.

Leading the discussion

School of Law students, from left, Carolina Fernandez, Alyssa DeDominicis, Catherine Fiore, Taylor Matook and Edward Duarte take a photo with U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., during a visit to Quinnipiac School of Law on Monday. Each of the students have been working in collaboration with Marriott Hotels & Resorts to train workers to identify and prevent sex trafficking in hotels.

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he School of Law hosted a summit on on Monday on combating sex trafficking.

Moderated by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., the discussion included victim advocates, law students, attorneys, hotel officials, School of Law Dean Jennifer Brown and survivor Theresa Leonard.

“For anybody who thinks, well, it’s just happening abroad, it’s right here,” Blumenthal said. “It’s becoming more and more prevalent. … It is among the most pernicious and insidious of criminal actions.”

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., talks with School of Law Dean Jennifer Brown during a visit to School of Law on Monday to discuss law students' collaboration with Marriott Hotels & Resorts to train workers to identify and prevent sex trafficking in hotels.

Making a difference

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., talks with School of Law Dean Jennifer Brown during a visit to School of Law on Monday to discuss law students' collaboration with Marriott Hotels & Resorts to train workers to identify and prevent sex trafficking in hotels.

Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Brian Shipley JD ’98 agreed.

He said sex trafficking is an issue all across Connecticut, not just in the state’s big cities.

Monday’s summit marked the third time in recent months Quinnipiac has taken a leadership role in the fight against sex trafficking and human trafficking.

In April, the School of Law trained hotel workers and others how to recognize signs of human trafficking. In July, Sheila Hayre, a visiting associate professor in the School of Law, brought together state, local and grassroots constituencies to discuss strategies to thwart sex trafficking