Human Trafficking: a Legal Professional‘s Perspective

What are some indicators of human trafficking as observed by legal professionals? How can you conduct interviews with trafficked and potentially trafficked persons, while reinforcing the mentality that the victims are not responsible for the crimes that have been committed against them? How can legal professional’s best serve and meet the needs of trafficked persons through trauma-informed and culturally sensitive care, professional conduct, and by preparing to build partnerships and make referrals? …and more


Emily Dixon, J.D.

portrait photo of presenter Emily Dixon, J.D. Emily Dixon is a licensed barrister and solicitor who is currently employed as a Staff Lawyer for Legal Aid Ontario where she assists unrepresented and low income individuals as duty counsel with criminal law matters. Emily is passionate about social justice and gender equality. Prior to attending law school, Emily was a frontline worker in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, assisting clients involved in sex work from a harm reduction perspective. Further, she volunteered as a research intern at the Durbar Mahila Samanwaya Committee, a sex workers' collective in Kolkata, India, where she assisted with research on approaches to law reform and the criminalization of sex work. After being called to the bar, Emily served for over two years on the Board of Directors of the Bad Date Coalition, which aims to promote sex workers' rights through safety planning. Most recently, Emily joined the Board of Directors of METRAC, in which she will participate in non-profit governance in order to support the eradication of violence against women and youth.