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Sue Esserman Presents Keynote To Members of Congress on Human Trafficking

December 13, 2017

Steptoe partner and former Deputy US Trade Representative Susan Esserman gave a keynote address on human trafficking to members of Congress at the request of Congressman John Sarbanes. Ms. Esserman presented “Raising The Curtain On Human Trafficking in America” at the seventh annual St. Andrew’s Human Rights & Religious Freedom reception held at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill on November 30.

The reception was sponsored by Congressman Sarbanes, who served as an honorary host along with Representatives Gus Bilirakis and Carolyn Maloney of The Hellenic Caucus. Also serving as honorary hosts were Representatives Ed Royce and Eliot Engel of The Committee on Foreign Affairs, and members of The Helsinki Commission, The Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, and The International Religious Freedom Caucus.

Ms. Esserman, who is the founder and director of the University of Maryland SAFE Center For Human Trafficking, is a leader of Steptoe’s pro bono work on behalf of sex and labor trafficking survivors. Over the years, she has represented numerous human trafficking victims and has drawn in many women associates to work with her in this compelling area. She also provides guidance and support to others in the firm working in the area.

To listen to Ms. Esserman’s speech, please click here (Google Chrome is recommended for viewing; remarks begin at 12:50 mark).

Congressman John Sarbanes with Susan Esserman.