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May Webinar:
Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence: Intersecting Problems, Intersecting Solutions

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Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence: Intersection Problems, Intersecting Solutions
Thursday, May 8, 2014
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. Eastern

Description: This webinar will focus on the intersection of domestic violence and human trafficking, discussing the strong connection between these issues and exploring how domestic violence service providers can best identify and assist victims and survivors of trafficking.

Objectives: By the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the relationship between human trafficking and domestic violence
  • Consider case management issues and strategies unique to victims of trafficking and domestic violence
  • Recognize best practices for holistic, trauma-informed service provision for victims of trafficking and domestic violence


Dorchen A. Leidholdt has served as the Director of Sanctuary for Families’ Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services since 1994. The largest legal services program for domestic violence victims in the country, the Center provides legal representation in family, criminal, civil rights, public benefits, and immigration law for victims of gender violence and advocates for policy and legislative changes that further their rights. Leidholdt also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), which she helped found in 1988.  An umbrella of grassroots organizations around the world, CATW has regional networks in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. She has lectured internationally on violence against women and is the co-editor of the Lawyers Manual on Domestic Violence (2006) and the Lawyers Manual on Human Trafficking (2011). Leidholdt holds a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia and a law degree from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Snow scholar. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her service to victims of gender violence and also teaches Domestic Violence and the Law at Columbia University Law School.

Lori Cohen is Director of the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at Sanctuary for Families, Center for Battered Women's Legal Services,  where she represents immigrant and domestic victims of human trafficking and conducts training sessions for law enforcement, legal and health care professionals, social service providers and community based organizations.  Cohen has testified on trafficking matters in both the US and Mexico. In the spring of  2013 conference, she chaired:  "We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Sex Trafficking," held in New York and co-sponsored by a broad range of other Jewish community and anti-trafficking social service organizations including UJA-Federation New York and the New York Section of NCJW.   In the fall of 2013, Cohen presented on her anti-trafficking work to a White House conference  organized by the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  Cohen's work on behalf of trafficking victims has been reported widely in the media, including the BBC, the NY Times, the NY Daily News, Telemundo, Univision, the Jewish Telegraph and the Jewish Daily Forward.   She currently sits on the boards of AVODAH:  The Jewish Service Corps, where she also supervises corps members who assist trafficking victims; and the National Council of Jewish Women, where she provides technical assistance on anti-trafficking advocacy.

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