Laurel Bellows, American Bar
Association (ABA) President-Elect, recently announced an ABA anti-human trafficking initiative. During the next year, ABA efforts will
include promotion of uniform state anti-trafficking laws, first responder
victim assistance training, anti-trafficking corporate responsibility
activities, and encouraging lawyers to handle human rights cases on a pro bono basis.
This ABA presidential initiative
was announced by Ms. Bellows during a panel discussion moderated by Kenneth R. Thompson,
II, Reed Elsevier General Counsel. As noted by General Counsel Thompson,
LexisNexis (a subsidiary of Reed Elsevier) has been working to combat human trafficking as part of the
company's commitment to the rule of law.
Such efforts include LexisNexis
support of a video training manual by the United Nations Global Compact and the
International Bar Association (IBA) titled "Lawyers as Leaders: The Essential Role of
Legal Counsel in the Corporate Sustainability Agenda."
Steering the panel discussion,
Thompson stated, "...we should be doing the right thing..." and pointed out that
even if businesses do not accept that position, they nonetheless will be facing
serious liability issues if they do not take steps to oppose human trafficking.
Recommended Reading & Viewing
ABA President-Elect Vows to Help End Human
Former LexisNexis GC to Corporate Lawyers: We
Should Be Doing the Right Thing (includes
Lawyers as Leaders - Business and Human Rights
Module (includes video)
LexisNexis Rule of Law - Combating Human