Joint Submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women Committee on Trafficking in Women and Girls

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February 11, 2019

Joint Submission by Legal Momentum and The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) at Northeastern University School of Law to the CEDAW Committee on Trafficking in Women and Girls in the Context of Global Migration, 72nd Session

On February 22nd, 2019, the UN’s Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women held a half-day general discussion to discuss recommendations on the issue of trafficking in women and girls in the context of global migration.

In preparing written guidance for the Committee, Legal Momentum partnered with its former Legal Director, Martha F. Davis, who is now Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Experiential Education at Northeastern University School of Law and Faculty Director for PHRGE and the NuLawLab. Working with Professor Davis and law student Thera McAvoy, Legal Momentum and PHRGE prepared a joint submission to the CEDAW Committee highlighting the often overlooked impact of labor trafficking on women in the United States. Drawing from the U.S. experience, the submission provided legislative and policy recommendations, highlighting the critical role that local legislative remedies can play in addressing trafficking.

The PDF document accessible above provides the full text (with annotations) of this joint submission. 


“The U.S. experience provides critical insights and lessons-learned to guide States Parties in crafting legislation that is practical, effective, protective of survivors, and avoids some of the pitfalls that currently exist in the U.S. The U.S. experience also demonstrates the important role that localities can play. When the federal government has fallen short in prioritizing, protecting, and promoting human rights, certain states and cities have taken the lead, implementing targeted localized laws and policies to address trafficking and to close critical gaps in legal protection. This localized approach serves as an important model for States Parties explore when considering where and how to enact legislation to address trafficking at home.”


  • Human Trafficking
  • Workplace Equality and Economic Empowerment


Seher Khawaja
The Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy (PHRGE) at Northeastern University School of Law
Legal Momentum
  • Women Valued Initiative



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