from AEquitas, the Prosecutor's Resource on Violence Against Women

Economic Justice for Victims
Presented by Teresa Garvey, Attorney Advisor, AEquitas
and Malore Dusenbery, Associate Director,
Economic Security for Survivors Project

Webinar | April 13, 2016 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM EDT

Economic abuse is one of the many ways that abusers achieve and maintain power and control over their intimate partners.  Many such acts are criminal in and of themselves but are frequently overlooked when the focus is on physical abuse.  Moreover, economic barriers prevent many victims from securing safety for themselves and their children.  Economic insecurity and dependence on the abuser directly impact the ability of victims to participate in the criminal justice system. Addressing the financial impact of these crimes at all stages of the criminal justice process will improve the ability of victims to participate, assist the prosecutor to present a more accurate and compelling case at trial, increase the safety of victims, and help to ensure the offender is held accountable for the full range of criminal conduct.

This webinar will explore the ways in which economic insecurity and economic abuse affect victims and will suggest strategies to achieve economic justice in cases involving intimate partner violence, stalking, sexual violence, and human trafficking.  Click here to register. 

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Investigating and Prosecuting Trafficking 

in Illicit Massage Businesses: Part One
Presented by Jane Anderson, Attorney Advisor at AEquitas and
Bradley Myles, CEO and Oriene Shin, Strategic Initiatives Specialist at Polaris
Webinar | April 6, 2016 | 3:00PM - 4:00PM EDT

Illicit Massage Businesses (IMBs) are known fronts for criminal activity and human trafficking. They are venues guised as legitimate massage or bodywork businesses in which women are forced, coerced, and defrauded into performing countless sex acts with strangers on a daily basis. As in other sex-trafficking settings, many of the women fail to self-identify as victims of sexual, psychological, and physical violence by perpetrators who exploit their inability or unwillingness to engage the criminal justice system. Instead, the women view themselves as consenting members of IMBs. In spite of increased law enforcement efforts to combat human trafficking, IMBs have proved to be difficult targets largely because of ineffective response focused more on arresting individuals (particularly women) than on effectively dismantling organizations and offering services to victims. This traditional law enforcement response jeopardizes victim safety, permits “buyers” to escape accountability, and permits owners to resume operations in a new venue.

This presentation will be the first of a three-part series, providing an overview of the IMB organizational model, which typically exists within one of many nationwide networks. The presenters will discuss how women are recruited, harbored, and exploited within those networks. This webinar will explore some of the challenges facing law enforcement and prosecutors, demonstrating the need for strategies to build evidence-based cases that can ensure that offenders are held accountable for their wide-ranging criminal activity. Click here to register for the webinar.

Recent Webinar Recordings:

** Introducing Expert Testimony in Sexual Violence Cases

** Alcohol Facilitated Sexual Assault:

Who Needs Force When You have Alcohol? Parts I & II

** Safeguarding Victim Privacy:
A Plan of Action for Prosecutors

Recent Publications:

** Prosecutors’ Resource on Sexual Abuse in Confinement

** Identifying, Investigating, and Prosecuting Witness Intimidation in Cases of Sexual Abuse in Confinement

** Keep Calm and Understand 
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