MCLE Training: Human Trafficking

October 11, 2012
6:00pm - 8:30pm
NetApp, Inc.

ALRP is pleased to promote SCCBA/SABA’s training on Human Trafficking: Why This Multi-Faceted Global Challenge Matters to Silicon Valley. October 11.

Human trafficking is a complex, multi-faceted and global problem that manifests in many different ways and directly impacts thousands of individuals and companies here in Silicon Valley. The seminar will provide an overview of human trafficking related laws, compliance obligations and reporting requirements that impact high tech companies. In addition, the panel will address the federal statutes governing human trafficking crimes as well as the investigation and prosecution of federal human trafficking cases. The speakers will also provide tips on how to identify and assist trafficking survivors through the criminal process and the types of available immigration and civil legal remedies.

The Pro Bono Committees of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern California and the Santa Clara County Bar Association are pleased to co-sponsor a seminar that will offer insights on these thorny issues from diverse perspectives, including:

Issues impacting high tech companies:

  • An overview of the issue of human trafficking as it relates to labor practices in the electronics supply chain
  • How the issues presents itself and where it is commonly seen
  • The top drivers for addressing the issue of human trafficking in the supply chain (customer pressure, regulatory requirements, reputational concerns)
  • Sample corporate statements and positions vis a vis human trafficking and involuntary labor
  • Emerging regulatory frameworks, including California SB 657 and draft federal legislation
  • How companies manage their risks internally and throughout their supply chains
  • Codes of conduct, training and internal assessments
  • Tools for supplier risk assessment and communication
  • Standards for assessing compliance
  • Open issues and priorities for the electronics industry

Criminal liability:

  • Overview of federal human trafficking criminal statutes
  • US government priorities and goals with respect to human trafficking cases
  • Types of cases typically investigated and prosecuted by the US Attorneys’ office
  • Issues relating to victims and witnesses, and how cases are referred for investigation and prosecution
  • Evidentiary issues and challenges in building cases

Legal remedies and redress available to victims of human trafficking:

  • Identifying trafficking survivors, including trends and types of cases
  • Working with law enforcement and assisting the trafficking survivor through the criminal justice process
  • Providing comprehensive social and legal services for trafficking survivors and traumatized persons
  • Overview of immigration and civil options available
  • Considerations for victim-centered legislation and practices for working with trafficking survivors

MCLE: 1.5 credits
October is Pro Bono Month. In celebration of Pro Bono Month, this seminar is free to pro bono volunteers who have volunteered to staff two clinics in 2012, or new volunteers who or sign up to staff two SABA legal clinics between October 1, 2012 and April 30, 2013.
How to Register:
Registration through SABA:
Check the volunteer schedule on the SABA pro bono website,, and contact to let us know which dates you wish to volunteer. You will receive the promo code to register at
SCCBA and SABA thank NetApp for hosting this seminar.


Cindy Liou is a staff attorney at Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach and coordinates the Human Trafficking Project at the agency. Cindy currently practices law in the areas of human trafficking, immigration law, family law, and domestic violence. Cindy has also co-counseled several civil litigation cases on behalf of human trafficking survivors. Before working at API Legal Outreach, Cindy practiced intellectual property law and handled a variety of pro bono cases at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, ranging from asylum to police misconduct cases. Cindy graduated from the University of Washington and Stanford Law School. Before becoming an attorney, she consulted for the Corporate Social Responsibility Department of Starbucks Coffee Company.

Owen Martikan is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, where he has worked since February, 2004. He is the Human Trafficking Coordinator and Project Safe Childhood Coordinator for the District, and prosecutes criminal cases under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, as well as federal criminal laws addressing child exploitation. He has prosecuted cases involving child sex trafficking, forced labor, sex tourism, aggravated child sexual abuse, and the production and distribution of child pornography. Before working as an Assistant United States Attorney, Owen Martikan spent six years working as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco, where he represented the city, its agencies, its ordinances, and its employees in state and federal court. In private practice, Owen Martikan was an associate at Baker & McKenzie, where he practiced international tax litigation. Owen Martikan was a law clerk to the Honorable A. Joe Fish in the Northern District of Texas, and is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Texas School of Law.

Jennifer Shepherd leads Canyon Snow’s corporate social responsibility and environmental affairs practices. She is a recognized authority on the business implications of CSR initiatives, and routinely consults and speaks on how to make these a living and profitable part of business strategy. Clients rely on her for strategic and technical guidance in designing and implementing effective programs that create customer and stakeholder value. Before co-founding Canyon Snow in 2005, Jennifer was responsible for corporate environmental affairs at Solectron, an $18 billion manufacturer, where she developed and implemented the company’s global environmental strategy, applied emerging legislative requirements to the business needs of customers, and led a $2 billion manufacturing plant to ISO14001 certification. Before joining Solectron, Jennifer was a consulting engineer with ERM-Southwest, where her practice included litigation support and assessment of compliance in a variety of industries. She has been co-chair of the environmental committee of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and a board member of the Sustainable Silicon Valley initiative. She earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Her master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin focused on air pollution emissions modeling. She is a diplomate of Stanford University’s program in Business Strategies for Environmental Sustainability and holds an MBA degree from Heriot Watt University Edinburgh Business School.

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