Skip to main content

Law Symposium Addresses Sex Trafficking in Virginia

The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) and Shared Hope International presented recent research on the state of domestic sex trafficking at a special mini-symposium held October 13, 2011, sponsored by Regent’s Center for Global Justice.'

Law school Dean Jeffrey Brauch introduced the eye-opening symposium stating, “Many of us have tended to think it is a problem over there, but I think as we’ve come to know, it’s not just over there…It’s everywhere. It’s in the United States, it’s in Virginia, and it’s in the Tidewater region.”

After viewing a brief documentary film called “Demand” comparing sex-tourism and trafficking in Japan, the Netherlands, the United States and Jamaica, Linda Smith, Founder and Director of Shared Hope International and Tessa Dysart, Associate Counsel for the ACLJ, shared how both organizations have been working together to shed light on and tackle the legal issue of domestic sex trafficking.

Smith, a former U.S. Congresswoman, addressed the audience asking, “Did you know the state of Virginia doesn’t have a law addressing the trafficking of children?”

As a part of the Protected Innocence Project, Smith has been commissioned to assess the sex-trafficking laws and policies of all 50 states. The Virginia assessment is complete and other state “grades” will be released in December.
Tessa Dysart, ACLJ staff attorney, offered the ACLJ’s perspective on recent research while thanking the ACLJ’s clerks, many of them Regent students, who assisted in the process, saying the “project could not have been completed or even started” without their help. She encouraged students to educate themselves on their state laws, to advocate for change and to “always pray” for the oppressed, the oppressor, and the law-making authorities.

After hearing the testimonies of two victims of sexual trafficking present in the audience, Erin Kulpa, Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia, explained the new and innovative ways that her office is addressing the crime of sex trafficking.

Regent’s Center for Global Justice exists to equip Christian advocates who will promote the rule of law and seek justice for the world's downtrodden--the poor, the oppressed, and the enslaved--and to serve and support those already engaged in such advocacy.

Learn more about Regent Law’s Center for Global Justice.

Popular posts from this blog

Regent Law Trains Lawyers Called to Fight for Social Justice

As Regional Legal Coordinator with Freedom Firm in Maharashtra, India, Evan Henck ‘07 helps unravel the complex legal and social difficulties that come with prosecuting sex trafficking.
Evan’s virtual journal entry below depicts the sobering reality of the sex trade even as it celebrates the Freedom Firm’s recent progress. It originally appeared in the 2010 Spring/Summer edition of “Brief Remark”, Regent University School of Law’s new biannual publication.
From giving papers at a national human rights conferences and training human rights attorneys, to subsidizing summer internships within the nascent Center for Global Justice, the Regent Law community is committed to furthering the cause of justice at home and abroad.
If you feel called to the legal profession and to the fight for social justice, a Regent J.D. might be for you. Learn more here.

Jan. 16 2010
Maharashtra, India
In January an informant phoned Suresh Pawar, a human rights activist with the Freedom Firm in Maharashtra, India,…

Congresswoman Michele Bachmann Speaks at Regent Law Chapel

Raising nearly 30 children has provided Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann with negotiating skills that serve her well in the nation's capital. Bachmann, a passionate advocate for foster care and adoption, visited Regent University on November 20 as part of the university's recognition of National Adoption Awareness Month.

Bachmann and her husband, Dr. Marcus Bachmann, are the parents of five biological children and 23 foster children. She shared their story as parents and also their connection to Regent during a special law chapel for students, faculty and staff.

"It's been a marvelous experience for us. Being foster parents has allowed us to teach our biological kids that they're not the only kids in the world," Bachmann said. "Our foster care kids have been able to see what a picture of an imperfect 'normal' family is like. And we saw the beauty and worth in them.

"Twenty-three times, we've seen these kids graduate from high sc…

Regent Law Dean Appointed to Board of Governors of the Virginia Bar Association

On Saturday, January 21, the Virginia Bar Association (VBA) inaugurated its statewide representatives for their 2017 term.

Regent University School of Law (LAW) Dean Michael Hernandez was among those new leaders as he accepted his appointment as a representative by the Board of Governors of the VBA.

Hernandez will represent law schools on the VBA board for a minimum of a one-year term. He is the first Regent LAW faculty member to be appointed to this distinction.

“It is an honor to serve as the sole law school representative on the Board of Governors and a privilege to be a part of this accomplished group of prominent attorneys.  I am excited to work with the other Board members to build on and continue the standard of excellence that the VBA has upheld since it was founded in 1888,” said Hernandez.

“The other members of the Board of Governors are the most accomplished lawyers in Virginia, and the Board is collegial and committed to the highest standards of professionalism,” …