- David Yellen, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
- Honorable Virginia Kendall, US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Panel #1 Sex Trafficking in Illinois
This panel will address the unique legal problems facing women arrested for prostitution and discuss recent legislative initiatives regarding sex trafficking in the state of Illinois. The panel will review specific Illinois statutes which aim to protect women accused of prostitution and redirect law enforcement and the legal system towards curbing demand for sex trafficking. Further, this panel will provide practical guidance for attorneys and advocates confronted with sex trafficking related issues.
- Elyse Dobney, Salvation Army STOP-IT Initiative Against Human Trafficking
- Kaethe Morris Hoffer, Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation (CAASE)
- Katherine Kaufka Walts, Center for Human Rights of Children
Lunch Presentation: Survivor and Advocacy Perspectives
During this presentation a trafficking survivor, Withelma Ortiz-Macey “T” Walker Pettigrew, will tell her story and discuss the importance of survivor leadership in changing federal policy. Ms. Pettigrew escaped with the help of a court appointed advocate and has since become a national advocate for victims of trafficking. Maheen Kaleem, a direct service provider and colleague of Ms. Pettigrew’s, will discuss their federal legislative advocacy work and stress the importance of alliances, networks, and partnerships in addressing the needs of victims of domestic minor sex trafficking.
- Maheen Kaleem, Service Provider and Advocate
- Withelma Ortiz-Macey "T" Walker Pettigrew, Human Rights for Girls
Panel #2: Labor Trafficking in the United States
This panel will highlight the various forms of labor trafficking that exist in the United States and provide an overview of the gaps in state and federal law that cause certain workers to be inadequately protected in the work place. The panel will focus in particular on the plight of migrant farmworkers, who have historically lacked the legal protections that are afforded to other types of workers.
- Sehla Asahi, Anti-Trafficking Program Specialist
- Miguel Keberlein Gutierrez, Legal Assistance Foundation
- Darci Jenkins, Heartland Human Care Services
- Maria Woltjen, Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights