Note: Due to space constraints on Thursday, January 29th, when many classes are in session, we can not accept any further pre-registration requests. On-site late registration is dependent on seating availability, and at this time, we expect that we will be unable to accommodate any late registration on the 29th.

We have secured additional space for Friday, January 30th, and therefore are re-opening online registration for the Friday program only until we reach capacity. Note that for Friday, the program from 8:30-noon has been relocated to the Grand Ballroom in the Ackerman Student Union. The program will resume in the School of Law at 12:30pm. Any additional on-site registration on Friday, January 30th will also depend on seating availability.

For press who would like to cover the event and secure a press pass and packet, please contact

Examining The Roots of Human Trafficking and Exploitation

January 29-30, 2015
UCLA School of Law

Featured speakers include:

California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris
Carissa Phelps, Founder and CEO, Runaway Girl FPC

The UCLA Law Review invites you to attend the UCLA Law Review Symposium, devoted to this crucial area in law, policy, and practice. Symposium discussions will span multiple topics, from the historical causes and legal dynamics of exploitation, to the state and federal responses to trafficking. The symposium will also provide concurrent workshops focusing on pressing community needs.

Free to the public with advance registration by January 21, 2015.


On Thursday, January 29 from 5:00PM to 6:30PM, the UCLA Law Alumni Association will be sponsoring a reception for all UCLA Law Review Symposium attendees. Please RSVP HERE.

Additional information and final schedule can be found below. Please contact Jason Stavely at with any questions.


January 29th

8:00-9:00am: Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:30am: Introductions

Jason Stavely, Symposium Editor
UCLA Law Dean Rachel Moran
UCLA Vice-Provost Christine Littleton

9:40-10:15am: Welcoming remarks: Dr. Beth Ribet

10:30am-12:15pm: “The Roots of Violence: Indigenous Perspectives on Trafficking, Exploitation & Law”

Christine Stark
Victoria Sweet
Professor Sarah Deer
Dr. Robyn Bourgeois
Chair: Professor Angela Riley, UCLA Law
Discussant: Professor Julian Aguon

12:15-12:30pm: Performance by Dr. Lorraine Bonner

12:45-2:45pm: Lunch & Concurrent Sessions

Session 1

“Coordinated Legal Responses to Trafficking & Exploitation: Information for Law Enforcement & Legal Advocates”
Introduction: Professor Jyoti Nanda
Kerry White
Melissa Decker Cheslock
Maria Carmen Lopez
Aida Diaz
D’Lita Miller
Sara Van Hofwegen

Session 2

“Manifestations of Exploitation & Severe Trauma in Bodies & Psyches: Information for Healthcare Practitioners
Introduction: Dr. Lorraine Bonner
Sara Weinberg
Dr. Susie Baldwin
Dr. Kenneth Chuang

Session 3

Film Screening: “Carissa”
Q&A with Carissa Phelps

3:00-4:45pm: Concurrent Plenaries

Session 1

“Criminalizing Victims of Sexual Exploitation: Comprehending the Harm & Shifting Policy & Practice”
Commissioner Catherine Pratt
Anne Gannon
Dr. Meredith Dank
Angeles Zaragoza
Chair: Vice-Provost Christine Littleton
Discussant: Dr. Bianca Wilson

Session 2

“Labor Exploitation & Trafficking: Addressing Economy, Citizenship & Domestic and International Policy”
Anna Park
Ima Matul
Professor Janie Chuang
Professor Kathleen Kim
Chair: Professor Lara Stemple
Discussant: Elissa Barrett

5:00-6:30pm: Reception sponsored by the UCLA Alumni Association & UCLA Law Alumni Association

Special guest: Carissa Phelps
Speakers: Professor Jyoti Nanda, Vice-Provost Christine Littleton, Dr. Beth Ribet

January 30th

8:30-9:00am: Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:30am: Announcements & Welcome

Emily Given
Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl
Vice-Dean Laura Gomez

9:30-11:15am: “Historical, Social & Legal Dimensions of Exploitation, Prostitution & Slavery”

Professor Cheryl Butler
Professor Cheryl Harris
Professor Priscilla Ocen
Nikole Cababa
Chair: Claudia Peńa
Discussant: Professor Alina Ball

11:30am-12:00pm: Keynote Address

Introduction by Vice-Chancellor Carole Goldberg
CA Attorney General Kamala D. Harris

12:30-1:30pm: Lunch & Networking

1:45-3:30pm: “Fraught, ‘Invisible’ and Contested Issues in Human Rights & Anti-Trafficking Advocacy & Policy”

Autumn Burris
Carissa Phelps
Deborah Dorfman
Professor Karima Bennoune
Chair: Professor Jasleen Kohli
Discussant: Professor Tendayi Achiume

3:30-4:00pm: Break

4:00-5:00pm: Closing Reflections: “Survivor-Centered Approaches to Combating Trafficking & Exploitation”

Ima Matul
Christine Stark
Carissa Phelps
Autumn Burris
Dr. Robyn Bourgeois
Chair: Dr. Beth Ribet

5:00-6:00pm: Reception, Tabling & Book Signings