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Fighting Human Trafficking by Decriminalizing Victims: Expanding Connecticut's Vacatur Laws - Shared screen with speaker view
Jennifer Inho
18:39
wait 2 more seconds
Jennifer Inho
18:49
okay you can probably start now
Cynthia Lill
19:37
Q&A at the end for 30 minutes
Cynthia Lill
20:11
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Cynthia Lill
21:08
Link to materials: https://www.ctbarfdn.org/eventregistration/virtual-roundtable-discussion-dialogues-and-conversations.html
Cynthia Lill
22:54
https://www.cga.ct.gov/2020/TOB/h/pdf/2020HB-05502-R00-HB.PDF
Sheila Hayre
33:29
For a list of Class A and B felonies, see, e.g., Office of Legislative Research Report (February 26, 2020) found at: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2020/rpt/pdf/2020-R-0091.pdf.
Sheila Hayre
57:44
CT Report Card (in your materials): https://polarisproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2019-CriminalRecordRelief-Connecticut.pdf
Sheila Hayre
58:42
Here's the full report discussing broader issues: https://polarisproject.org/grading-criminal-record-relief-laws-for-survivors-of-human-trafficking/
Sheila Hayre
58:49
(also in your materials)
Sheila Hayre
01:04:58
Kate notes that the current CT legislation still does NOT include trafficking as an offense eligible for vacatur, even though it does expands the eligible offenses beyond only prostitution. (See link to legislation in chat above.)
Sheila Hayre
01:05:28
Only one trafficking survivor in CT has EVER used our statute.
Cynthia Lill
01:06:51
I am going to start putting questions in the chat for the end!
Cynthia Lill
01:07:08
what suggestions would you offer to Foster Care youth who are as vulnerable to trafficking?
Cynthia Lill
01:07:16
For States that have a law in this area does anyone have data on how many survivors have benefited from this law and is there data broken down by race?
Cynthia Lill
01:07:24
In addition to the barriers according to law for victims of Human Trafficking, do you see more barriers/inequalities for victims of color who are victims of Human Trafficking
Cynthia Lill
01:07:39
Is the argument being made that a burden of proof of "clear and convincing evidence" is too high? With the understanding that often times the evidence is the testimony of the victim requesting the vacatur?
Sheila Hayre
01:11:38
The redacting letters Prosecutor Rossman is referring to are in your materials---see link above.
Cynthia Lill
01:12:37
How successful are male survivors of trafficking in vacating convictions?
Sheila Hayre
01:12:44
CO--corrections officer
Cynthia Lill
01:20:52
I just checked and assault of an employee of the Department of Correction in the first degree is a class B felony, so depending on the seriousness of the assault it would NOT be covered under the proposed vacatur law!
Cynthia Lill
01:24:20
We’re having a lot of focus on sex trafficking dynamics, I’m curious if the proposed changes to CT’s law address charges incurred by labor trafficking survivors as well? Or has it been identified that labor trafficking have the same vacatur needs as sex trafficking victims?
Sheila Hayre
01:25:42
TO PANELISTS: yes, the statute clearly includes ALL victims of trafficking---both labor and sex trafficking---let me know if you want me to answer in the chat!
Cynthia Lill
01:31:58
Have you thought of several other compenents like confidentiality and official documentation that are neglected in both the old and new suggested legislation? Additionally states are now adding interesting components like the return of fees and fines as per Nelson v. Colorado and allowing survivors to go through 1 process for multiple convictions in different counties throughout a state instead of each separate jurisdiction. Has CT considered adding either of these as well?
Sheila Hayre
01:33:19
Can you describe some of the evidence you do put forward in vacatur cases?
Sheila Hayre
01:44:23
what about hearsay and other evidence that wouldn't otherwise be allowed in?
Kate Mogulescu
01:44:39
Sheila I think this is really too complicated for this discussion
Kate Mogulescu
01:44:47
There are so many other good foundational questions posed
Theresa Leonard Rozyn
01:55:58
I Think we should consider that having someone who specializes is survivor care in both the courts and policing.
Jillian Gilchrest
02:18:21
I have to jump off. Thank you all!
Cynthia Lill
02:19:47
For anyone who has any follow up questions, unanswered questions, or wants to talk about the vacatur provision please email Sheila and me: sheila.hayre@quinnipiac.edu & cynthia.lill@quinnipiac.edu
Kate Mogulescu
02:23:22
I am going to have to leave in another minute. I didn't realize we were going past 2.