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TALK | Lauren McCarthy: “Trafficking Justice: How Russian Police Enforce New Laws from Crime to Courtroom”

March 15, 2018

Monday, Apr. 16, 2018 | 12:30 p.m. | LAW 117

In response to a growing human trafficking problem and domestic and international pressure, human trafficking and the use of slave labor were criminalized in Russia in 2003.  In this talk, Lauren McCarthy explains why Russian police, prosecutors, and judges have largely ignored this new weapon in their legal arsenal, despite the fact that the law was intended to make it easier to pursue trafficking cases.  Based on her extensive research in Russia, she shows how trafficking cases make their way through the criminal justice system and explains why the system has had a difficult time combating this crime.

Lauren McCarthy is an Associate Professor of Legal Studies at UMass Amherst. She received her PhD from University of Wisconsin Madison in 2011. Her research and teaching focus on laws and legal systems of countries around the world, especially Russia. Her current research examines how law enforcement agencies (police and prosecutors) have implemented laws against human trafficking in Russia.

This talk is part of the UW School of Law’s Global Mondays series.