On Thursday, January 15, Professor Jeff Ferriell
participated in a panel of law enforcement officials, judges, public officials and attorneys during Ohio’s Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Ohio State House. Panelists were asked about how the legal system can help prevent human trafficking. Prof. Ferriell was there because he is a member of Ohio’s delegation to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws which in 2013 developed the Uniform Act for the Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking. During the presentation, Prof. Ferriell explained how key features of the Uniform Act could advance the fight against human trafficking in Ohio. The panel was organized by Ohio State Representative Theresa Fedor of the 45th Ohio House District, in Toledo. Joining Prof. Ferriell on the panel were Catherine Hoolahan, Attorney (Moderator), Heather Hill, U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Ohio, Paul Herbert, Judge, Franklin Co. Municipal Court, Gregory Singer, Judge, Montgomery Co. Court of Common Pleas, Connie Zemmelman, Judge, Lucas Co. Juvenile Court, Megan Mattimoe, Legal Advocacy Director, Advocating Opportunity, Tim Brown, Executive Dir. & Staff Attorney, Wood Co. Juvenile Court, Aaron Dennis, Vice Unit Detective, Columbus Police, Pete Swartz, Detective, Toledo, FBI Task Force, Nikki Bazynski, Office of the Ohio Public Defender, Judge Denise Cubbon, Judge, Lucas Co. Juvenile Court, Mark Wasylyshyn, Wood County Sheriff, Gene Kelly, Clark County Sheriff, Veronica Scherbauer, Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Amy O’Grady, Office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, and Sarah K Ladd, Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc.