Harry L. Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service
University of Richmond School of Law
Phone: (804) 287-1207
Fax: (804) 289-8992
Join the Carrico Center for Pro Bono Service during its annual Law Over Lunch CLE series. Lunch will be provided, but advance registration is required (space is limited).
Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Virginia can expand eligibility for Medicaid to those earning up to 138 percent of poverty (about $26,000 for a family of three) providing nearly 400,000 uninsured citizens access to health insurance coverage. However, opponents to expansion claim that it would cost Virginia taxpayers a substantial amount while providing the poor with substandard coverage. As one of the biggest issues to be wrestled by the General Assembly in a generation, Medicaid expansion has dominated the news and dinner table conversation. Learn more about Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act in Virginia beyond the sound bites – from the leading medical, legal, and political voices on the issue.
Over the past 15 years, "trafficking in persons" and "human trafficking" have been used as umbrella terms for activities involved when someone obtains or holds a person in compelled service. Despite a term that seems to connote movement, at the heart of the phenomenon of trafficking in persons are the many forms of enslavement, not the activities involved in international or domestic transportation.
While is it difficult to accurately record data about human trafficking, the United Nations estimates 2.5 million people are trafficked at any given time in over 160 countries. Of those trafficked, more than 90% of victims experience physical or sexual violence. Worldwide, the crime results in more than $31.6 billion in annual profits.
Sheer numbers do not do justice to the crime. Human trafficking deprives people of their human rights and freedoms, creates a health and safety risk, and fuels the growth of criminal enterprises and organized crime. Because of the 'low-risk/high-reward' appeal of trafficking, new offenders are merging trafficking with their current criminal enterprises. Gangs are one example of this, as they use 'easy money' collected from trafficking victims to fund other criminal endeavors, such as drugs and guns.
This free CLE will focus upon the issue of human trafficking in Virginia, and the law enforcement and legislative responses to it on both the federal and state levels.