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Program on human trafficking on April 16

A program on “Human Trafficking: Prisoners in Our Own Backyard” will look at the modern slavery taking place in the Niagara Falls/Buffalo region. People are being forced into the sex industry or labor market through fraud or coercion, and often are too isolated, poor or fearful to escape.

The three-hour program, presented by the WNY Women’s Bar Association and Niagara University’s Continuing Law Education program, will explore what the local legal community and court system are doing to end this crime. Presenters will review ways to spot “red flags” and risk factors so victims can be identified and helped, and so their rights can be upheld.

Speakers will be Buffalo City Court Judge Amy Martoche, Emma Buckthal of the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Assistant U.S. Attorney Trini Ross, and Amy Fleischauer of the International Institute of Buffalo.

The program will be from 1:20 to 4:30 p.m. April 16 in the U.S. District Court building, 2 Niagara Square.

Those interested in attending should contact WBASNYWNY@ymail.com. Cost for the program is $25 for WNASNY members and $35 for nonmembers; it is free for UB and Niagara law students, and it qualifies for 3.0 CLE credits. Proceeds will go to the International Institute to benefit human trafficking victims.