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This article was originally published on August 09, 2012.

Tahirih Justice Center, Children at Risk, and Jones Day will co-host a FREE CLE training for attorneys and service providers titled, “Justice for Human Trafficking Survivors: Civil Ligitation in U.S. Courts.” The training will be presented by Martina E. Vandenberg, Open Society Fellow from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.

Lunch will be provided.

Speaker Bio: Martina Vandenberg
Martina Vandenberg has spent nearly two decades advocating against human trafficking, forced labor, and violence against women. As an Open Society Fellow, Martina Vandenberg founded The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center. The center brings together highly qualified pro bono attorneys with human trafficking survivors seeking legal assistance. Previously, Vandenberg was a partner in the litigation department of the law firm Jenner and Block LLP, where she focused on complex commercial litigation and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act matters. As the Europe Researcher for Human Rights Watch’s Women’s Rights Division from 1998 to 2002, Vandenberg participated in the negotiations for the United Nations Trafficking Protocol in Vienna, Austria. She also wrote two Human Rights Watch reports, “Hopes Betrayed: Trafficking of Women and Girls to Post-Conflict Bosnia and Herzegovina for Forced Prostitution” and “Kosovo: Rape as a Weapon of Ethnic Cleansing.” She conducted extensive human rights investigations in the Russian Federation, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Uzbekistan, Kosovo, Israel, and Ukraine. In 1997, the Israel Women’s Network published Vandenberg’s report, “Trafficking of Women to Israel for Forced Prostitution,” the first report documenting human trafficking in Israel. While living in the Russian Federation, Vandenberg co-founded one of Russia’s first rape crisis centers for women.

Please contact Tahirih Houston Director Anne Chandler at annec@tahirih.org for more information and to RSVP for this training.

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