Meeting the Legal Needs of Adult and Minor Victims of Human Trafficking

03/06/2013 - 2:00pm
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On March 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. (eastern time), the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), in coordination with the Bureau of Justice Assistance, will present a Web Forum discussion with Jean Bruggeman, Esq., and Robin Hassler Thompson, M.A., J.D., on best practices for meeting the legal needs of adult and minor victims of human trafficking. Ms. Bruggeman is a Human Trafficking Fellow with OVC, where she provides training and technical assistance to service providers and government agencies nationwide, with a focus on legal services for survivors of human trafficking. She has more than 12 years of nonprofit victim services experience, and expertise in immigration, human trafficking, and domestic violence. Ms. Bruggeman has developed comprehensive legal and social services programs for survivors, authored training resources, provided direct legal representation to survivors, and developed an interpreter service to ensure that all victims in the District of Columbia have access to legal services.Ms. Thompson consults with universities, state and national public policy and human rights advocacy groups, and international law firms on issues related to human trafficking and domestic and sexual violence law and policy analysis, Violence Against Women Act implementation, adult domestic violence, workplace violence, and health care issues. She has lectured extensively on the topics of human trafficking and violence against women, and is a contributor to numerous national and international publications and curricula, including an online continuing medical education course on domestic violence and human trafficking for the Florida Medical Association.Visit the OVC Web Forum now at to submit questions for Ms. Bruggeman and Ms. Thompson and return on March 6 at 2 p.m. (eastern time) for the live discussion. Go to for instructions on how to participate. 

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