Friday 5: Laurel Bellows — American Bar Association Fights Human Traffickingby Bethany Monk
Modern-day slavery: It’s as underground as underground gets, says Laurel Bellows, a long-time business attorney from Chicago. So in 2012 — at the beginning of her one-year term as president of the American Bar Association (ABA) — she formed the ABA Task Force on Human Trafficking.
ABA was founded in 1878. The national association of nearly 400,000 attorneys is dedicated to supporting the legal profession while “improving the administration of justice, accrediting law schools and establishing model ethical codes,” according to its website.
Bellows refers to the ABA Human Trafficking Task Force as the “association’s multipronged assault on this plague.” The 18-member group coordinates with more than a dozen ABA entities to help fight trafficking. Bellows still works with the association as its Immediate Past President. She talked to CitizenLink about the task force and its efforts to end this deplorable crime.Read More