Multiple events planned on human trafficking week of Jan. 20
A series of initiatives are taking place as part of the first Human Trafficking Awareness Week at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. The Moritz community is encouraged to take part in any or all of the following:
Monday The Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law is publishing several articles on its online blog about human trafficking. The Justice for Children Project blog also will feature articles on human trafficking written by prominent state actors involved in the issue. Additionally, Professor Douglas A. Berman will discuss recently enacted laws regarding the sentencing of traffickers on his Sentencing Law and Policy blog. Join the conversation on Twitter using #osuaware.
Tuesday Noon: The panel discussion “Modern Day Slavery in Ohio” will take place in the Saxbe Auditorium, sponsored by the Women’s Legal Society. It will feature Melinda Sykes Haggerty of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Liz Ranade-Janis of the Governor’s Initiative/Department of Public Safety, Michelle Hannan of Central Ohio Rescue and Restore, Megan Mattimoe of Advocating Opportunity, and Ken Lawson of the Columbus Police Department. They will discuss the current state of the human trafficking problem in Ohio and what is being done to stop it.
Wednesday Noon: The Criminal Law Society presents “Prostitution: When Victims Become Criminals” in Room 246. Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Paul Herbert will discuss the changing perspective on the “world’s oldest profession” and how he is using rehabilitative justice to rebuild the lives of human trafficking victims. Herbert oversees a specialty docket and diversion program called CATCH Court and will explain to students how this alternative approach to handling prostitution charges is more effective in eliminating the crime than more traditional legal practices.
5:30 p.m.: A Volunteer Fair and Reception will be held at the Gateway Film Center, hosted by the Student Bar Association, the Justice for Children Project, and Gracehaven. This networking reception/volunteer fair will allow different service providers, agencies, nonprofits, and government entities that work on this issue to highlight their efforts, inform students about how to get involved, and provide concrete paths to participation and action. RSVP here.
7 p.m. Screening at the Gateway Film Center of Very Young Girls, a documentary exposing the commercial sexual exploitation of girls in New York City as they are sold on the streets by pimps and treated as adult criminals by police. The film also uses startling footage shot by pimps themselves, giving a rare glimpse into how the cycle of exploitation begins for many women. The screening will be preceded by brief remarks from Rep. Teresa Fedor regarding Ohio’s anti-trafficking efforts and followed by a 30-minute question-and-answer session led by the Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition and Gracehaven. Ticket reservations are required.
9 a.m. Students and faculty at the Moritz College of Law are invited to become trained in giving presentations to audiences about identifying and responding to human trafficking. The training will be led by the Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Speakers Bureau, which supports victims of human trafficking. Participants will leave training with the ability to deliver presentations to civic groups, faith groups, law enforcement, high schools, businesses, social services and medical providers. RSVP here.
8 p.m. For the first time in Moritz history, the annual Barrister’s Ball will be a charity event, with a portion of proceeds going to the Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition. To join students in supporting this organization, please contact SBA President Zach Imwalle (email@example.com) or Nikki Baszynski (firstname.lastname@example.org), the college’s Greif Fellow in Juvenile Human Trafficking.