The Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum presented a day-long workshop focused on combating the commercial sexual exploitation (CSE) of women and children—human trafficking—in Pennsylvania. This was one of the first times that victim advocates, public defenders, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and academics came together to assess Pennsylvania’s current approach to CSE, to consider what has worked in other states, and to create an action plan for the future.
The 2013 Ryan Forum was part the statewide collaboration between Pennsylvania law schools and the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act. Each participating school hosted a symposium on a topic focusing on violence against women to raise awareness and to motivate lawyers across the state to engage in pro bono and low bono work to combat these issues.
The 2013 Ryan Forum was held on Friday, Oct. 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in Room 101 of Villanova University School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova). This program was approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 4.5 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE): 3 substantive and 1.5 ethics.
Click here to view an archived webcast of the symposium.
Panels and Speakers
Kick-Off for PCADV's VAWA 20th Anniversary Celebration
Ellen Kramer, Legal Director of PCADV, will provide an overview of the goals of PCADV's yearlong celebration of the 20th Anniversary of VAWA, and will highlight the unique collaboration that connects Villanova’s event, PCADV and the seven other Pennsylvania law schools.
Panel 1 - Commercial Sexual Exploitation: An Overview
The panel will provide a general education regarding commercial sexual exploitation (CSE), address myths regarding CSE and emphasize the importance of survivor leadership in organizing against CSE.
Panel 2 - Building an Effective State-Wide Anti-Trafficking Movement: Best Practices from Outside of Pennsylvania
The panel will identify successful strategies for addressing commercial sexual exploitation that have been implemented throughout the United States.
Panel 3 - The Pennsylvania Anti-Trafficking Movement: Successes and Roadblocks
The panel will discuss the various efforts that have been made within Pennsylvania to combat commercial sexual exploitation/trafficking, identify the successes experienced, as well as the challenges faced.
Identifying Next Steps in the PA Anti-Trafficking Movement
The Villanova University School of Law Matthew J. Ryan Law and Public Policy Forum honors the memory of one of the Law School’s most distinguished alumni, The Honorable Matthew J. Ryan, B.S. ’54., J.D. ’59, the former Speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. The Ryan Forum was made possible by the generosity of his many friends and the leadership of Arthur J. Kania, J.D. ’56; Albert A. Lindner, J.D. ’68; James E. McErlane, B.A. ’64, J.D. ’67; and Richard G. Phillips, B.S. ’62, J.D. ’66.