ECPAT-USA will be presenting on a ground-breaking panel titled The Attorney’s Role in Mitigating Human Trafficking on February 13th at the 2013 Hospitality Law Conference, which takes place in Houston, Texas.
This session will look at the significant role that attorneys in the hospitality industry can play in addressing the risks of human trafficking associated with the operation of hotels, airlines, and travel and tourism providers. Attorneys can help companies evaluate the legal, reputational, and operational risks associated with human trafficking concerns. They can also advise clients seeking to incorporate industry best practices, including through the development of internal guidelines for identifying and responding to scenarios in which indicators of trafficking are identified.
Panel presenters include:
Sarah Altschuller, Associate, Corporate Social Responsibility (“CSR”) Practice, Foley Hoag LLP and member of ECPAT-USA’s Board of Directors.
Michelle Guelbart, MSW, Private Sector Project Coordinator for ECPAT-USA
This session will also look at the ethical responsibilities of attorneys to advise companies in a manner that incorporates an understanding of the human rights impacts of corporate operations. In doing so, we will look at ABA Model Rule of Professional Conduct 2.1 and discuss what “moral, economic, social and political factors” may be relevant to the legal advice that is provided with regard to human trafficking-related risks.
For an overview of the session material, you can review this paper: Attorney’s Role in Mitigating Sex Trafficking in Hospitality