Attorney General’s Office and MVLP to host Human Trafficking CLE in September

August 29, 2013

The Domestic Violence Division of the Attorney General’s Office and the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP) will host a CLE (Continuing Legal Education) Seminar on human trafficking in September.

The training is scheduled for Friday, September 6, 2013, from 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.,at the Pearl Community Center, 2420 Old Brandon Road in Pearl.

The Mississippi Attorney General’s Office works closely with national and state authorities to improve our state’s response to human trafficking offenses. In 2013, the Attorney General’s Office drafted changes to Mississippi’s Human Trafficking Laws, embodied in House Bill 673, which became effective July 1, 2013.

“With these changes, Mississippi’s laws now reflect current cutting edge shifts in the approach to human trafficking crimes – increasing the emphasis on offender accountability, while at the same time providing for safeguards and protections for victims of this horrible crime, such as safe harbor and confidentiality provisions for victims,” said Attorney General Jim Hood.

The Office of the Attorney General will also serve as the hub for information related to human trafficking in the state, housing the state’s first Human Trafficking Coordinator. A joint project of the Mississippi Bar Association and the Legal Services Corporation, MVLP has been operating since 1982 and has consistently provided free legal assistance and equal access to justice to Mississippians of low-income and limited means who would not otherwise have access to the courts. The organization provides free legal assistance to clients who qualify through direct representation, legal clinics, community outreach workshops and other programs. As a part of its outreach efforts, MVLP has partnered with the Attorney General’s office on several programs on the topic of domestic violence. MVLP’s pro bono attorney volunteer assist clients with legal matters in the following areas: divorce, emancipation, estate planning, adoption, guardianship, name change, birth certificate correction, child support contempt and modification, conservatorship and visitation.

Among the topics to be covered are: introduction to human trafficking, which will include a discussion of the dynamics and victimology of trafficking; state and federal trafficking laws; protections for foreign victims through certain visa programs available to victims of crime; and local services for trafficking victims. The cost to attend is $20 per person to cover lunch, materials and CLE fees. The event is open to attorneys and non-attorneys.

To register, call MVLP at 601-960-9577 by September 2.

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