Carey began her presentation by affirming that her profession is not a job—it is a calling. She then explained how Hampton Roads—because of its location, military presence, and large at-risk youthful population, has become a prime area for human trafficking.
Human trafficking is a crime that affects all citizens of the community, and each good standing member of the society must do everything possible to diminish, if not abolish, it. Carey then explained her role as a victim advocate. Because of her extensive legal experience, God uniquely equipped Carey to attack this issue by providing trafficking survivors with comprehensive legal assistance. Trafficking victims have various legal needs, whether it be obtaining visas, securing a protective order, advocating for custody of minor children, or ensuring that the victims are not charged as criminals. She goes far beyond being a legal counselor; she supports victims to better their lives.
While many still view trafficking victims as criminals, Carey encouraged the audience to embrace survivors as what they really are–human beings that have been severely victimized. Human trafficking survivors, regardless of sex, race, or age, are never victims by choice, but by desperation and manipulation.
Carey’s presentation identified that human trafficking is still silenced in our general community. Her presentation reminded Regent Law students to actively pursue justice, especially in the area of human rights—and there are many avenues for each person to make an impact right here in this community.
This event was sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights, and the Rule of Law.