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October 7th - October 9th, 2015 - New York City

"New York is thrilled to host this incredible opportunity to raise awareness about the nature and scope of human trafficking and the important role the state courts can play in combating this scourge of modern day society and the fastest growing criminal industry in the world."

- Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York

At the groundbreaking National Summit on Human Trafficking and the State Courts, teams of four from each state including the Chief Justice, the State Court Administrator, a judge or court leader, and a stakeholder or other individual from the courts or the community joined their colleagues from other states for a packed program. 

Over a day and a half beginning early on the morning of October 8, the program explored the serious and challenging issue of human trafficking from a judicial perspective, examined ways to work with justice partners in our communities to better address trafficking, and showcased different court models from all around the country.  In addition, it provided state teams with a prime opportunity to network with other court leaders and to develop concrete steps to further advance a response to human trafficking in each team’s own state.

The Summit was hosted by Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of New York State and Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals and was sponsored by and planned in partnership with the State Justice Institute, the Conference of Chief Justices, the Conference of State Court Administrators, the National Center for State Courts, the Human Trafficking and State Courts Collaborative, the New York State Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York, and the New York State Office of Court Administration.

Featured speakers and panelists included Cindy McCain, the chair of the Arizona Human Trafficking Council; Judge Fernando Camacho, originator of the first human trafficking court in New York; Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens; New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and judges from all across the country, including California, Minnesota, Texas, Louisiana, and Ohio, who shared their insights and experiences.





Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman Remarks:
- Opening Remarks

- Closing Remarks

Reference Material

Travel instructions & Reimbursement Form


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