NZIIA Event: Kate Crisham: Human Trafficking: An American Law Enforcement Perspective on an International Problem

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Human trafficking is a global issue that has seen increased public awareness in the past 30 years.  Depictions of human trafficking in the media and entertainment industry lead to an inaccurate understanding of the nature and extent of this problem.  This address discusses some of the myths and inaccurate perceptions that result from these misleading narratives, and focuses on the reality of human trafficking.   Namely, a crime of exploitation that involves compelling or coercing a person to provide labour or services.

Ms. Kate Crisham will discuss the steps taken by the US Government to empower victims and to bring traffickers to justice.  She will give an overview of the statutes that criminalize both labor and sex trafficking, and of the evidence required for a successful labor or sex trafficking prosecution.

She will discuss the forms of human trafficking seen in the USA, and in her area in particular.  She will also discuss the Enhanced Collaborative Model that is used in her jurisdiction.   Under it, investigators, prosecutors, and victim service providers cooperate to ensure that victims receive all services to which they are entitled, and that traffickers are vigorously investigated and prosecuted.  Finally, Ms. Crisham will provide summaries of recent successful trafficking prosecutions in her jurisdiction, to illustrate the unique challenges that arise in these cases and to suggest a strategy for success.

About the speaker:

Kate Crisham works in the federal US Attorney’s Terrorism and Violent Crime Unit based in Washington State, as the Human Trafficking Coordinator.   She prosecutes a wide variety of violent crimes, including human trafficking, forced labor, and cases involving the sexual exploitation of children and adults. She is the co-chair of the Washington Advisory Committee on Trafficking, and represents the US Attorney’s Office as a member of the Washington State Task Force Against the Trafficking of Persons.  She has given numerous presentations and trainings on human trafficking to both law enforcement and community organizations. After graduation from the Georgetown University Law Center, she worked as a law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.


  • Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 6.00 pm-7.30 pm
  • Venue: Lecture Theatre [102-G36] Old Government House, Princes St, the University of Auckland


NZIIA Auckland
C/o PO Box 6239
Wellesley Street
Auckland 1141
Tel: (09) 3798550

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