April 30, 2015

Hot Topics in Diversity 2015

Erica Levine Powers

The Hot Topics in Diversity program is a traditional CLE offering of the State and Local Government Law Section at the ABA Midyear Meeting. This year’s outstanding program, on February 5, 2015, was moderated by Daniella Sanders, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, LLP, Houston, with panelists Benny Agosto, Abraham Watkins, Houston; Nicole Austin-Hillery, Director and Counsel, Washington Office, the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law; Ruben R. Perez, Assistant United States Attorney and Chief, Human Trafficking/ Civil Rights Unit, Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Texas; and Alejandro Reyes of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, Election Protection Division, Houston. The focus of the program was four-fold: human trafficking and an overview of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (Perez); immigration, particularly issues affecting unaccompanied minors (Agosto); voting rights litigation (Austin-Hillery); and election protection initiatives (Reyes).

Each segment of the 2015 Hot Topics in Diversity program will be published as a separate article in an issue of State & Local Law News. The first, “Curbing Human Trafficking and Protecting Its Victims,” appears above.

ABA program co-sponsors included the Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity; Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities; Commission on Disability Rights; Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity; Commission on Women; Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice; and the Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division.

Erica Levine Powers