Legal Rights and Needs: How Attorneys Can Help Human Trafficking Victims

Level: Intermediate
Runtime: 92 minutes
Recorded Date: July 29, 2019
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  • What is Human Trafficking?
  • Types of Criminal Charges
  • Barriers Resulting from Criminalization of Human Trafficking Victims
  • Post-Conviction Laws
  • Damages
  • Taxability of Restitution
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Ethics
  • Tips for Understanding Victim Trauma Response
  • Practical & Relational Tips for Working with Survivors
  • Q & A
Runtime: 1 hour and 32 minutes
Recorded: July 29, 2019


Human trafficking is the reprehensible practice of physically or psychologically compelling an individual to work or provide commercial sexual services. An estimated 21-30 million people are currently enslaved worldwide, with fewer than one percent of these individuals ever identified. Attorneys have the much-needed skills, clientele, and positions to help shrink this alarming gap, by integrating identification, services, and prevention strategies into their respective practices. Prosecutors are pursuing criminal offenses for those involved, but civil side practitioners can play an effective role and provide legal representation above and beyond what the criminal justice system can provide for individual victims.

Join our panel of experts as they discuss how efforts at all levels are needed to combat trafficking.

This program was recorded on July 29th, 2019.

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American Bar Association


Marianna Kosharovsky

Founder & Executive Director
ALIGHT (Alliance to Lead Impact in Global Human Trafficking)

Marianna Kosharovsky’s expertise in driving partnerships to advance efficiency in anti-trafficking efforts through technological tools is rooted in over 10 years of experience in human trafficking, law and professional collaboration in the U.S. and abroad.

As an attorney, Ms. Kosharovsky represented survivors of sex and labor exploitation at the domestic violence agency Sanctuary for Families, as well as global corporate clients at the international law firm Milbank in New York. In Eastern Europe/Russia, she worked on human trafficking and human rights development with PILnet: Global Network for Public Interest Law, and was a Visiting Professor at the Pericles Center for International Legal Education. She is a contributing author of the American Bar Association book ?Lawyers as Changemakers (2016).

Currently, she serves as a Board Member of the International Peace Research Association Foundation.

Ms. Kosharovsky holds a JD from New York University of School of Law.

Jamie Beck

President & Managing Attorney
Free to Thrive

Jamie Beck is the President and Managing Attorney of Free to Thrive, a nonprofit organization that empowers survivors of all forms of human trafficking in their journey to becoming thrivers, while providing hands-on experiential learning opportunities to law and graduate students.

Prior to launching Free to Thrive in 2017, Jamie practiced civil litigation for five years at Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP. Jamie also worked as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Michael M. Anello in the Federal District Court for United States District Court, the Southern District of California. Jamie received her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts in political science with a minor in sociology from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, Canada.

Jamie was the 2016-2017 president of Lawyers Club of San Diego and founded the Lawyers Club Human Trafficking Collaborative. She currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board of the Joan. B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. Point Loma Nazarene University recognized Jamie’s contribution to the fight against human trafficking, awarding her its inaugural 2016 Hope Rising Award. Jamie also received a commendation from the City of San Diego Human Relations Commission for her leadership in combatting human trafficking of women and girls in San Diego. Jamie has also been named a “San Diego Super Lawyer – Rising Star” 2015 – 2017, San Diego Business Journal “Best of the Bar” 2015 – 2016, and San Diego Metro, 40 Under 40.

Beth Ann Klein

Klein Frank PC

Beth Klein uses her trial skills and commitment to service to help people who have suffered life altering injuries. Her verdicts rank in the Top 100 Verdicts for the United States, and her case arising from Iraq won Case of the Year in 2013.

As a Boulder attorney three years out of law school, she began managing state-wide mass tort litigation for Owens Corning, a Fortune 50 Company. In 1995, she was invited to join the national trial team, and she became the first woman member of that team at the age of 34.

Beth Klein was inducted into the Fellows of the Colorado Bar in 2004. She was inducted into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum in 2005. In November 2006, Beth was selected as one of the 500 Leading Plaintiff’s Lawyers in the United States by Lawdragon.

She has been named a Colorado Superlawyer every year, a member of the top 25 Women Lawyers and a member of the Top 100 Lawyers in Colorado. She is listed in Best Lawyers and was the featured Colorado Superlawyer for 2008. The Denver Post named her One of the 12 Most Influential Women in Colorado in 2013.

More Magazine named her as One of the Women in the World that you want on your side with Michelle Obama, Oprah, and Hillary Clinton. She received the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Award from Women’s E news in 2010. The Denver Rescue Mission named her as a Woman Who Changed the Heart of the City of Denver in 2012.

She has been instrumental in winning large class action settlements, with awards ranging from $15 million to more than $1 billion. Beth Klein Boulder attorney believes that the practice of law is a service, and she uses law for the good of her clients.

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