Presentation: Using the Law to Obtain Justice for Human Trafficking Victims

Free & open to the public

Friday, May 9th, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

1100 Alakea Street, Suite 1000

(808) 956-9327

Please join us for a presentation entitled, “Using the Law to Obtain Justice for Human Trafficking Victims,” on Friday, May 9, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM at the Hawai’i State Bar Association’s conference room, 1100 Alakea Street, Ste. 1000, Honolulu, HI. Please RSVP to or 956-9327.

The Hawai‘i State Bar Association’s Diversity, Equality, and the Law (DEAL) Committee is hosting a free lecture on federal and state laws addressing human trafficking in the United States. Participants will learn about different forms of trafficking through national and local case studies and how federal and state laws can be used to hold traffickers accountable and to provide relief to the victims. This presentation is open to the public.

Terence C. Coonan is the Executive Director of the Florida State University’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights and will start with an overview of human trafficking and federal laws addressing human trafficking. He litigates pro bono asylum, domestic violence, and trafficking victim cases nationwide and consults on human trafficking issues with law enforcement officials and human rights groups nationwide as well as in Russia, Thailand, and Kazakhstan. Mr. Coonan is in town to train our Hawai’i State judges and kindly offered to conduct this additional training. He will be joined in the second half of the presentation by local experts.

Bow Mun Chin, Esq., is a Staff Attorney at the Hawai’i Immigrant Justice Center at the Legal Aid Society of Hawai’i and a lecturer at the William S. Richardson School of Law. Shantae Williams works with survivors of sex trafficking at the Sussanah Wesley Community Center. Mr. Chin and Ms. Williams will bring the topic home and talk about labor and sex trafficking in the context of Hawai’i through their direct services work with survivors.