The Catholic University of America

Mary Leary, professor, law, was quoted in an Our Sunday Visitor article on the sexual exploitation of minors and trafficking. See below.

The push to decriminalize child prostitution As state governments address sexual exploitation of children, Catholics work to help the victims

From: OSV
Date: Feb. 22, 2017
Author: NIcholas W. Smith

 

... Both Chester and Mary Leary, a law professor at The Catholic University of America and a former prosecutor, agreed that safe harbor provisions, which under the law treat sex-trafficked minors as victims rather than criminals, should be supported.

 

“It’s important that individuals are not criminalized for acts that they were compelled to engage in,” Chester said.

Leary told OSV that the “biggest gap in our anti-trafficking programs” are services to help with recovery. Programs for victims of sex trafficking, she said, need to provide mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment, education and other services. ...


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