American Bar Association
Task Force on Human Trafficking
Lawyers Mobilizing To Combat Human Trafficking Through
Public Awareness, Advocacy, Training and Education
Hon. Louraine C. Arkfeld
Liaison to ABA Center for Human Rights
Judge Louraine C. Arkfeld recently retired as the Presiding Judge for the Tempe Municipal Court after twenty-six years on the bench. Judge Arkfeld also just completed her service on the Arizona Judicial Council and as Chair of the Serving Orders of Protection Task Force for the O’Connor House. She was the winner of the 2005 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence and the 2006 Hero in Women’s Mental Health award.
Judge Arkfeld served as the Judicial Member-at-Large of the ABA’s Board of Governors and as the chair of the Board’s Program, Evaluation and Planning Committee, is a Past Chair of the Judicial Division of the ABA and the ABA Commission on the American Jury Project and currently serves on the Council of the International Law Section as well as the Senior Lawyers Division. She also chaired the ABA Working Group on the Rule of Law and an Independent Judiciary.
Judge Arkfeld chaired the Court Leadership Institute of Arizona and continues to teach in its Court Executive Program. She also served on the Arizona Supreme Court Commission on Technology, the Arizona Commission on Judicial Conduct, the Trial Court Leadership Council for the NCSC and the ABA’s Committee on the Research of the Future of the Legal Profession.
Laurel G. Bellows
Laurel Bellows, a principal of The Bellows Law Group, P.C. in Chicago, represents executives in the United States and internationally. Laurel is an experienced business lawyer counseling senior executives and corporations on employment matters, employment and severance agreements, executive compensation and workplace disputes. Her expertise in executive compensation matters also includes mid-level management compensation and benefit plans, and matters involving incentives, pensions, retirement and workforce restructuring.
Bellows the immediate past president of the American Bar Association. Her one-year term as president condluded at the ABA Annual Meeting in August 2013. She has served as chair of the association’s policymaking House of Delegates (2006-2008), the second highest elected office in the ABA. Bellows has also served as chair of the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, and as a member of the ABA Board of Governors, where she chaired the Finance Committee. She was also president of the National Conference of Bar Presidents and chair of its Metropolitan Bar Caucus, ABA affiliates.
Bellows’ work in the law and her community has been recognized by many publications. Crain’s Chicago Businesslists Bellows among its annual list of Power Players; in 2006, she was named one of the 28 Power Lawyers in the City byChicago Magazine; she was cited as one of Chicago’s 100 Women of Influence in 1996, also by Crain’s Chicago Business; and Bellows was listed among Working Mother Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Working Mothers in the country in 1997.
Bellows has been on the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on the Administration of Justice, and on the U.S. Senate Judicial Nominations Commission for Illinois. She has served as chair of the Chicago Network, a networking organization of diverse, professional women in the Chicago area. Bellows was the second female president of the 22,000-member Chicago Bar Association where she founded the Women’s Alliance.
She is admitted and qualified as an attorney and counselor of the Supreme Court of the United States and is a mediator, certified through the Institute for Conflict Management. Bellows is licensed to practice in Illinois, Florida and California.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Loyola University School of Law, Bellows has practiced law for more than 30 years. She practices law with her husband, Joel, in Chicago. They have four children and four grandchildren.
Dawn M. Conway
As Senior Vice President of Global Content Licensing for Cision US, Inc. based in Chicago, Dawn is responsible for acquiring and retaining all content in support of Cision's global businesses, including news monitoring and media database services. She is an attorney and member of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the American Bar Association Center for Human Rights and the National Association of Women Lawyers. Dawn is a founding member of the Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking (gBCAT) and the recipient of the 2011 Nomi Network Corporate Social Responsibility Award.
She is a frequent speaker on the role of business in combating human trafficking. Her recent public speaking engagements include Human Trafficking: Why Companies Should Care sponsored by the U.S. Council for International Business, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the International Organization of Employers; Global Women’s Initiative: creating the ripple effect sponsored by Womenetics; The Role of Business in Human Trafficking, Social Entrepreneur Conference hosted by the Harvard Business School and Kennedy School of Business; CSR and Human Trafficking What Every Business Needs to Know and the World Justice Forum III; Human Trafficking and The Rule of Law.
Dawn is the co-author of Doing Well by Doing Good “CSR for Bars” published in the Spring 2012 Bar Leader Magazine, an ABA publication. Prior to joining Cision, Dawn held key leadership positions with LexisNexis in corporate responsibility, global licensing and business development.
Liaison to ABA Section of Litigation
Oklahoma City, OK
Jimmy Goodman is Chairman of Crowe & Dunlevy, P.C., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. A trial lawyer at Crowe & Dunlevy for more than 39 years, he tries lawsuits in state, federal and tribal courts, and advises clients, with specialties in both complex business and commercial litigation as well as federal Indian law and gaming. He represents individuals, businesses of all size and Native American Nations. He is recognized for his expertise by Oklahoma Superlawyers, Chambers and Best Lawyers in America. He is Oklahoma’s Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates, has held numerous positions of leadership in the ABA Litigation Section, and has served on the ABA’s Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice, and its Commissions on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, and Hispanic Rights and Responsibilities. Jimmy was named the 2009 Recipient of the William G. Paul Oklahoma Justice Award, which is awarded annually by Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc. on behalf of Oklahoma's justice community for commitment to "the American promise of equal justice for all." In 2006 he received the Oklahoma Bar Association John E. Shipp Award for Ethics and the Journal Record Leadership in Law award for service to the legal profession, especially toward increasing diversity and pro bono service. He is past Chair of The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and is a Special Advisory Director to the Board of the ABF. J.D., Stanford Law School, 1971. Editor, Stanford Law Review.
Liaison to ABA Business Law Section
New York, NY
Linda Hayman is Of Counsel to Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (where she was previously a partner from 1992-2010); she founded and supervises the Firm's UCC and Secured Transactions Practice. Ms. Hayman has focused much of her public service work in two primary areas: (1) professional associations and (2) diversity-oriented organizations. Ms. Hayman has held numerous leadership roles within the American Bar Association including chair of the Business Law Section. Ms. Hayman is a member of the American Law Institute, American Bar Foundation, TriBar Opinion Committee, American College of Investment Counselors, American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers and in addition was one of the founders of the Working Group on Legal Opinions. Ms. Hayman was one of the founders of DirectWomen, a project whose mission is to increase the number of women attorneys on boards of directors. In addition, Ms. Hayman was one of a small group who formed the Kate Stoneman Project, an organization for women partners at New York's transaction-based law firms.
Pamela S. Menaker
Pamela Sakowicz Menaker is the Communications Partner at Clifford Law Offices. As an attorney with two degrees in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Pam combines her experience in these two fields in handling the press in the many high-profile cases handled by the firm. For instance, Pam was involved in the month-long trial of internationally-claimed violinist Rachel Barton who was severely injured by a Metra train. The case drew front-page headlines and daily television coverage in what has been described as the most publicized civil trial in the history of Cook County. It resulted in a $29.6 million verdict that was upheld on appeal. Pam is involved with numerous clients from the initial filing of a case to the final settlement of the matter. She routinely conducts press conferences so that an organized, considered approach to high-profile matters can be presented that ensures the clients’ rights are protected. Other cases for which she has handled the press that drew national media attention include the fire at the Cook County Administration Building, the scaffolding collapse at the John Hancock Building, the porch collapse in Chicago that killed 13 and injured dozens of others, and most recently the Union Pacific derailment that led to a bridge collapse killing a Glenview couple.
Pam also has been involved in handling the press involving Girl X, a girl left for dead at a Chicago housing project; Michael Chambers, who was killed by off-duty officers at a wedding in south suburban Countryside; Bob Collins, the popular WGN radio personality who was killed in a small plane crash; Nancy Clay, who was killed in a high-rise fire when Chicago firefighters were unable to reach her; and every major commercial airline crash in the United States over the past decade in which Robert Clifford has been involved.
When it comes to the press, Pam is no stranger. Her background includes experience in every type of media outlet. Upon graduating from Northwestern, Pam worked as a reporter for the Chicago Tribune. She then moved to ABC-TV where she worked for the local affiliate in Chicago as a writer/producer for the local news. She also created the column Prelude in N for North Shore Magazine which she wrote for two years for the popular magazine. She has been a Washington correspondent and political speech writer in the nation’s capital as well as a producer/writer for Tribune Entertainment and the New York Times Corporation where she worked on a pilot for a news magazine program. Pam has taught as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she taught writing to graduate students and assisted in teaching Law of Journalism to undergraduates. Most recently, Pam was an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate Program of the Integrated Marketing Communications Department of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism where she taught a class on "Consumer, Law and Ethics of Marketing."
Pam also has been very involved in legal writing since her graduation from Loyola University School of Law in 1984. Having been the first night-law student selected to compete on the school’s Moot Court team, while still a student Pam argued a case before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in her Appellate Practicum class. After being sworn in as an attorney in Illinois, she later appeared before that court as a pro bono attorney representing criminal defendants for the Northern District of Illinois. She also was selected as an extern attorney and worked in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Consumer Fraud Division, where she was introduced to issues of consumer fraud. In 1991, she continued her brief writing for Clifford Law Offices as well as handling of the press on high-profile cases that grew until her appointment in 2001 as the firm's Communications Partner, which recognizes her journalism as well as her legal experience. Pam also is involved in various bar associations including the American Bar Association where she was Co-Chair of the Section of Litigation's Written Materials Committee and other positions involving the publication of materials for that 70,000-plus member section. She also served as Co-Chair of the Annual Meeting in Chicago in 2005, helping organize the dozens of programs and written materials accompanying the continuing legal education seminars. She also serves as an Editor on the prestigious Litigation Magazine that is distributed quarterly to the section's members and most recently she was appointed to a three-year term on the ABA Standing Committee on Strategic Communications. Pam also has been a member of the Chicago Bar Association's (CBA) Editorial Board for the Chicago Bar Record, serving as its book review editor since 2000. In 2006, she was appointed to serve as Co-Chair of the CBA's Pro Bono Week Committee, which was marked by Mayor Richard Daley and Governor Rod Blagojevich proclaiming the week in October in recognition of the efforts of the Chicago Bar Association and Chicago Bar Foundation in raising the awareness of lawyers' pro bono efforts in Chicago and around the state. She also serves on the CBA Judicial Evaluation Committee.
Pam was selected in 2006 to serve as the Co-Chair of the Host Committee for the Illinois Bar Foundation's Annual Gala Affair. The annual event, designed to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars which ultimately is used to benefit the dozens of pro bono legal organizations around Chicago, is an event that attracts hundreds of lawyers who also are committed to furthering the philanthropic goals of the charitable arm of the Illinois Bar Association. Pam was elected to the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Assembly for a three-year term. She also has served a number of years on the Illinois Bar Journal, the publication of the ISBA that goes out monthly to its thousands of members across the state. Currently, Pam spearheads the continuing legal education programs at Clifford Law Offices which has been certified by the state as a provider of such programs to lawyers. Over the years, the popular and substantive programs have drawn more than 2,000 attendees in person and on the Internet.
As a side interest, but one that complements her career, Pam has taken classes in improvisation at Second City and Improv Olympics in Chicago, and has appeared on stage entertaining audiences in the field of improv comedy. She is in the process of writing a book.
New York, NY
Norma Ramos is a longstanding public interest attorney and social justice activist.
She is an eco-feminist who links the worldwide inequality of women to the destruction of the environment. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), which is the world’s first organization to fight against human trafficking internationally and the world’s leading abolitionist organization, now in its twenty-fifth year. She writes and speaks extensively about the commercial sexual exploitation of women and children as a core global injustice, and has appeared on the television shows Charlie Rose and Larry King Live, as well as national radio programs.
Ms. Ramos is an early environmental justice activist who worked to build an environmental movement that addresses inequalities based on race, gender and class. She is the former executive director of the Rainforest Foundation and serves on the board of the National Hispanic Environmental Council and on the board of the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation. Ms. Ramos is the recipient of the Women's Committee Award and the Flor De Maga Award, both from the Puerto Rican Bar Association. In 2009, she was awarded the Humanist Heroine Award by the American Humanist Association. Recognized as a pioneer Latina lawyer who has made outstanding contributions to the Latino community, Ms. Ramos was awarded the Hispanic National Bar Association Commission on Latinas in the Legal Profession Annual Award 2010. In May 2012, the Trafficking in America Task Force honored Ms. Ramos as the first-ever recipient of the Pioneering & Leadership Award.
Liaison to ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence
San Francisco, CA
For over a decade, Kavitha Sreeharsha has been a leader in the anti-trafficking movement. Her multifaceted experience includes legal services, technical assistance, federal and state public policy advocacy, and civil rights enforcement and litigation.
As a staff attorney at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach, she consulted with and represented over 100 labor and sex trafficked persons. She coordinated NGO services with federal agencies conducting trafficking raids. She also litigated family law and immigration cases, representing primarily immigrant domestic violence survivors, and developed an accompanying pro bono project. Kavitha subsequently worked at Legal Momentum where she spearheaded efforts to expand protections for trafficked persons by successfully drafting and advocating for language that was included in the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection and Reauthorization Act of 2008. She worked with federal agencies to implement laws including advocacy to publish the delayed U-visa regulations. Her technical assistance included developing a groundbreaking leadership and skills building initiative for law enforcement working with immigrant crime victims. Most recently, Kavitha worked in the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice, enforcing Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, focusing on national origin discrimination by criminal justice agencies.
As an anti-trafficking expert, Kavitha speaks and trains nationally and internationally. She has testified and briefed Congress. Kavitha has written extensively on immigrant women, immigration, and human trafficking and has published in the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law. Kavitha has served on the Board of Directors of Narika, the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California. She is also the recipient of numerous awards including the Tanya Nieman Award and the Unity Award from the Minority Bar Coalition of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and California.
Julie Myers Wood
Liaison from ABA Commission on Immigration
Julie Myers Wood is the President, Compliance, Federal Practice and Software Solutions of Guidepost Solutions LLC. In this capacity, Ms. Wood brings her extensive background to oversee complex investigations and help build business compliance solutions for companies and educational institutions, large and small. Ms. Wood is the former founder and President of ICS Consulting, LLC (ICS Consulting), a specialist in compliance, risk assessments, immigration and customs investigations, and federal business development. Guidepost Solutions acquired ICS Consulting in September 2012. While with ICS Consulting, Ms. Wood was instrumental in developing proprietary software products that assist employers with compliance issues, including SecureID, ICS Eval and EZCertOrigin.
Prior to founding ICS Consulting, Ms. Wood served as head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for nearly three years. In this role, she led the largest investigative component of the Department of Homeland Security and the second largest investigative agency in the federal government, with more than 17,000 employees worldwide and an annual budget of more than $5 billion. During her tenure, ICE had five integrated divisions (Detention and Removal Operations, Investigations, Federal Protective Service, Intelligence, and International Affairs). In supervising ICE’s investigative activity, Ms. Wood oversaw the agency’s wide variety of anti-money investigations and private sector compliance programs, testified about AML best practices and investigations, and enforced the Export Administration Act and related export control regulations. Under her leadership, the agency set new enforcement records with respect to immigration enforcement, export enforcement (including ITAR, EAR and deemed export investigations), and intellectual property rights. .
Ms. Wood is nationally recognized for her expertise on immigration and other law enforcement issues, and is often asked to speak on these issues. She has testified before Congress a number of times and has appeared on FOX, CNN, C-SPAN, ABC, CNBC, MSNBC, NPR, and numerous other television and radio stations. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for the American Bar Association’s Commission on Immigration and the Constitution Project’s Immigration Committee.
Her previous leadership positions in the federal government include service as Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement at the Department of Commerce and Chief of Staff for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice. She also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary (Money Laundering and Financial Crimes) at the Treasury Department, where she helped draft regulations relating to Title III of the Patriot Act, coordinated the U.S. government’s national report/strategy on money laundering, and oversaw Treasury Enforcement activities relating to OFAC. Ms. Wood also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where she prosecuted a variety of criminal cases, including financial crimes, securities fraud, and other white-collar criminal cases.
Before entering government service, Ms. Wood was an associate at Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago, IL. She also clerked for the Honorable C. Arlen Beam of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Ms. Wood earned a bachelor's degree at Baylor University and a J.D. cum laude from Cornell Law School. She is a native of Shawnee, Kansas.
Liaisons and Special Consultants
Liaison from National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Azizah Ahmad is the Senior Programs Associate at the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). At NAPABA, Azizah works on various issue areas including, language access, election protection, and human trafficking. Before joining NAPABA, Azizah was the California Policy Advocate for the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center. Azizah was also NAPABA's AmeriCorps VISTA from 2008-2009 where she worked on language access for low-income limited English proficient Asian Pacific Americans. She received her BA from the University of California, Davis.
Liaison from Trafficking in Persons Office, US Department of State
Shonnie R. Ball serves as the lead Interagency Liaison in the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP Office). The TIP Office leads the United States’ global engagement in the fight against human trafficking, partnering with foreign governments and civil society to implement effective strategies to confront modern slavery. The Office supports Secretary Clinton in her role as Chair of the President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking and chairs the Senior Policy Operating Group, which was established by Congress to implement the vision of the Task Force and includes more than 14 U.S. government member agencies . Shonnie is a lawyer and previously served as staff attorney for Safe Horizon’s Anti-Trafficking Program providing direct legal representation to trafficked persons. In that role, she was also the chair of the Freedom Network’s policy committee.
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