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A Survivor’s Perspective: On Interacting with Systems Before, During, and After Being Trafficked

Boston Bar Association


Date: October 29, 2021

Time: 12:00PM - 1:30PM (EST)

Location: Virtual Event

The Boston Bar Association's Human Trafficking Sub-Committee of the Delivery of Legal Services Steering Committee is hosting a conversation with Jose Alfaro, human trafficking survivor, speaker, author and activist, and Julie Dahlstrom, the Director and Clinical Associate Professor of Boston University Law School’s Immigrants’ Rights and Human Trafficking Program on Friday, October 29th from 12:00 PM- 1:30PM EST.

In this interview-style program, Jose will address his personal experience of being trafficked as a minor, as well as the way that his traffickers exploited his identities as an LGBTQ+ teen and person of color.  Jose will also speak to the systems he interacted with and how these risk factors impacted how those systems treated him. In particular, he will discuss his experiences in assisting in the prosecution of his trafficker, of civilly suing his trafficker, and of the criminalization he experienced while trying to cope with the traumatization of being trafficked. 

Mintz Associate Lavinia Weizel will be moderating this panel alongside Ashleigh Noelle Pelto from the Domestic Violence Ended organization. 

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Professional Cropped Weizel Lavinia Mintz

Lavinia M. Weizel


Lavinia M. Weizel is a Mintz Associate whose practice focuses on commercial litigation across a variety of areas, including securities litigation, shareholder suits, and insurance disputes in state and federal court. Lavinia is also active in the firm's pro bono practice.