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Anti-trafficking issues examined in presentation

March 12, 2010

Jennifer Chacón , a professor at University of California Irvine School of Law, recently visited the Loyola University College of Law to present her paper "Tensions and Trade-offs: Anti-Trafficking Efforts in the Era of Immigration Enforcement," as part of the 2009–10 Working Paper Series.

Chacón’s presentation examined the shortfalls of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, which was passed with the goal of protecting trafficking victims, prosecuting traffickers and preventing human trafficking. Chacón showed that cases prosecuted and victims assisted under this act have been minimal, even with political support and proper funding.

This working paper further develops a topic Chacón tackled in an article titled "Misery and Myopia" in which she states, “In short, as currently enforced, the TVPA exacerbates many of the negative effects of pre-existing laws, even as it alleviates some of the political pressure to address human exploitation.”

Chacón was awarded her juris doctorate from Yale Law School. After graduation, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Sidney R. Thomas, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. From 1999-03, she was an attorney with Davis Polk and Wardwell in New York City. She teaches criminal law, criminal procedure and immigration law.

For more information on the 2009 – 10 Working Paper Series, please contact professor Dominique Custos in the College of Law at dcustos@loyno.edu.

For more information on the College of Law, contact James Shields in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5888 or jshields@loyno.edu.

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