This month marked the first anniversary of the Nassau County District Court’s Human Trafficking Intervention Part, which is serving as a model for a statewide human trafficking court system that will process nearly every single trafficking and prostitution case in New York.
“Our Human Trafficking Court goes to the heart of what justice is all about – helping victims rebuild their lives and making sure that those practicing this form of modern-day slavery are prosecuted,” DA Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said. “I’m looking forward to seeing our work in Nassau continue for years to come and serve as a model for the rest of the state as these types of courts open up all over New York.”
The goal of Human Trafficking Court is to connect victims to programs that will help to heal scars both physical and psychological, rebuild safe and productive lives, and help them re-enter society as free and healthy individuals with the necessary tools to avoid the cycle of victimization and abuse that trafficked persons often find themselves in.
In its first year, Nassau’s Human Trafficking Court has handled 295 cases and referred 126 defendants to programs. Prostitution ringleaders, pimps, and johns are sent to regular court to be prosecuted and are tracked by the Human Trafficking Court, which also works with DA Rice’s Special Victims Bureau on investigations.
Learn more at the LongIsland.com article: DA Rice Marks First Anniversary of Nassau Human Trafficking Court.