The Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation Symposium, 06/07

“Combatting Commercial Sexual Exploitation through Law and Policy”


Tuesday, June 7
8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
John F. Scarpa Hall, Room 101
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
299 N. Spring Mill Road, Villanova, PA 19085


It is imperative that the experiences of survivors inform the development of policies and law reform to combat commercial sexual exploitation. Survivor voices must remain front and center of the anti-trafficking movement as we shape policy, provide services and work toward a world where commercial sexual exploitation is a relic of the past. 

For this year’s symposium, please join us for cutting-edge panel presentations from survivors, lawyers and law reformers.

This symposium is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 6 Substantive In-Person or Distance CLE credits. Please note registration prior to the event is required. Attendees will receive an email from Eventbrite with the Zoom link prior to the event and can choose to join either in-person or virtually to receive CLE credit. 


CSE Institute Celebration and Awards Ceremony
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Arthur M Goldberg ’66 Commons
John F. Scarpa Hall

Following the symposium, you are also cordially invited to attend a special celebration of the CSE Institute and its mission of centering the experiences of survivors to inform legal services, policies and best practices to combat commercial sexual exploitation. The CSE Institute will present the annual Justice Done Award to the Department of Corrections, with former Secretary John Wetzel accepting on its behalf. The evening will include a reading from author and survivor leader Chris Stark, the unveiling of an inscribed copy of Only Words by Catharine MacKinnon - which comes to Villanova Law's collection from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s library - and a tribute to the late survivor leader Kathleen Mitchell.


To further support the CSE Institute, please consider making a one-time gift or recurring donation. Your gift of any amount helps provide education and technical assistance to those on the frontlines of commercial sexual exploitation.



Subject to change


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

  • Welcome Remarks:  Shea M. Rhodes, Director, CSE Institute
  • Welcome Address: A Message from Pennsylvania House Democratic Leader, Joanna McClinton

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Panel 1: Criminalization of the Trafficking Victim

  • Sean Camoni, Assistant United States Attorney, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • Heather Castellino, Senior Deputy Attorney General, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General
  • Emily Murbarger, Assistant Defender, Defender Association of Philadelphia
  • Tammy McDonnell, Transitional Housing Specialist, Covenant House Pennsylvania
  • Moderator: Dr. Angie Henderson, Professor of Sociology, University of Northern Colorado

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Panel 2: Post-Criminalization: Criminal Record Relief

  • Marianna Kosharovsky, Executive Director, Alliance to Leave Impact in Global Human Trafficking (ALIGHT)
  • Liam Riley, Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office
  • Bekah Charleston, CEO/Co-founder, Charleston Law Center in Nevada
  • Judge (ret’d) Mary McDonough, Policy Director, Delaware Human Trafficking Interagency Coordinating Council
  • Moderator: Mitha Choudhury, Program Coordinator, EMPOWER Center at Sanctuary for Families

12:20 – 1:30 p.m
Lunch & Networking

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Panel 3: Solving Collateral Legal Consequences

  • Nadeem Bezar, Partner, Kline & Specter
  • Alicia Anguiano, Immigration Attorney, Justice at Work (JaW)
  •  Nicholas Moore, Supervising Attorney, Free to Thrive 
  • Dr. Marian Hatcher, Co-founder Alliance of Leadership & Innovation for Victims of Exploitation (ALIVE)
  • Moderator: Rachel Foster, Founding Co-Chair, World Without Exploitation

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

3:15 – 4:45 p.m.
Panel 4: Policy Solutions

  • Alisa Bernard, Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Thistle Farms
  • Taina Bien-Aimé, Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
  • Ane Mathieson, Program Director, EMPOWER Center at Sanctuary for Families
  • Becca Zipkin, Policy Director, World Without Exploitation
  • Moderator: Eliza Reock, Human Trafficking Consultant

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks:
Michelle Madden Dempsey, Professor and Harold Reuschlein Scholar Chair, Villanova Law     


5:30 p.m.
Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres

6:15 p.m.
Welcome Remarks
Michelle Madden Dempsey

6:20 p.m.
Reading by Chris Stark 
Author, Carnival Lights 

6:35 p.m.
Remarks (virtual) from Catharine MacKinnon 
Author, Only Words

6:45 p.m.
Unveiling, Only Words
Mark Momjian, Momjian Anderer LLC
Amy Emerson, Assistant Dean for Library and Information Services, Associate Professor of Law, Villanova Law

6:50 p.m.
Presentation of “Justice Done” and "Survivor Voice" Awards, honoring the Pennsylvania Department of Corretions and the late Kathleen Mitchell, founder of DIGNITY House

7:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks by Shea Rhodes