Emily M. Martin
Symposium Editor

The 20th Annual Northern Illinois Law Review Symposium on Human Trafficking, Which Way Home, will be held April 14-15, 2011.

We invite you to join us Thursday, April 14 for a special showing of the Oscar-Nominated Documentary “Which Way Home” followed by a Q&A with Attorney Sara McDowell, who represented the children in the film. The film will be shown at the Egyptian Theatre located at 135 N. Second Street, DeKalb, IL at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, April 15, the day-long Symposium from 9:00 a.m.-4:45 p.m. will identify key areas of human trafficking, working within the U.S. court system against trafficking, and future policy regarding trafficking. 

The keynote address will be given by the Honorable Virginia Kendall from the Northern District of Illinois.  Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge Kendall worked at the United States Attorney’s Office in Chicago for over ten years where she served as Deputy Chief in the Criminal Division, Child Exploitation Coordinator, and Coordinator of Project Safe Neighborhoods. The Symposium will also feature many other notable presenters.

Although human trafficking is often thought as a distant, international issue, in reality, it is right outside our backdoor. Chicago and Rockford are both human trafficking hubs and Illinois recently passed the strongest anti-trafficking laws in the country. I hope you will join us to learn about this modern form of slavery and the impact you can have in combating it.


Emily M. Martin
Symposium Editor, NIU Law Review