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CUA Law professor Mary Leary was quoted in the Catholic Herald and spoke at the 2015 Conference on Human Trafficking.

Catholic U. hosts national human trafficking conference

From: Arlington, Va.
Date: July 14, 2015
By: Christine Stoddard

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“We can all sprinkle pixie dust and make Congress useful — or somewhat useful — but that means nothing without a paradigm shift,” said Mary Leary, a law professor at Catholic University in Washington during the morning plenary at the 2015 Conference on Human Trafficking, “Answering Pope Francis’ Call: An American Catholic Response to Modern-day Slavery.”

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Leary kicked off the morning with the presentation, “Advocating for Change in Legislative Policy,” in which she summarized the history of anti-human trafficking legislation.

She cited the Palermo protocols drafted by the United Nations for their comprehensive definition of human trafficking, which includes this excerpt:

“Trafficking in persons shall mean the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation. Exploitation shall include, at a minimum, the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labour or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.”

Leary pointed out that while all 50 U.S. states now have an explicit law against human trafficking, Polaris, a national anti-slavery organization, gave 21 of those states low ratings on their laws’ effectiveness.

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Mary G. Leary   

Professor Mary G. Leary's
Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Technology

Exploitation of children and women

Human Trafficking

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