The President’s Track
Special Committee on Sex-Trafficking of Children

Session B: 10:50 a.m. – 11:50 p.m.

About the Program
Learn about the epidemic of human sexual trafficking of minors in Connecticut. Get updates on legislation proposed by Senator Richard Blumenthal to amend the Communication Decency Act to permit civil suits and criminal prosecutions for internet sites knowingly facilitating trafficking. Hear about ongoing litigation against a motel corporation that has been identified in national news as the site of a young girl being trafficked for months without intervention.

Moderator
Richard T. Meehan, Jr., Meehan Law LLC, Bridgeport

Senior partner Richard T. Meehan, Jr. obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Juris Doctorate (with honors) from the University of Connecticut.  Mr. Meehan has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law for the Quinnipiac University School of Law, as well as an Adjunct Associate Professor in Legal Studies for Sacred Heart University.

Mr. Meehan is a member of the Bridgeport Bar Association, the Connecticut Bar Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.  He is a Charter Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society. He has also been certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and serves on its Board of Examiners.

 

Speakers

Karen Chelsey, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, New York, NY

Attorney Chelsey is a commercial litigator with a focus on high-stakes litigation, including complex contractual disputes, antitrust matters, and constitutional litigation. Recently, Karen won summary judgment for a prominent real estate developer against claims for theft of trade secrets and breach of fiduciary duty. Karen also successfully argued on behalf of a film distributor against the dismissal of claims involving an agreement to sell film distribution rights, and played a key role in a trial team that obtained a defense judgment in the Delaware Court of Chancery (which was subsequently affirmed on appeal).

She has helped secure numerous appellate victories, including arguing an appeal in a New York court that led to the reversal of a defamation judgment. Karen’s appellate experience includes diverse matters before the Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fifth, Tenth, and D.C. Circuits, as well as the Supreme Court of Delaware and New York’s First Appellate Division.

Karen currently works with non-profit Legal Momentum to represent sex trafficking victims in litigation against Backpage.com currently pending in the Middle District of Florida.

Cindy L. Robinson, Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney PC, Bridgeport

Attorney Robinson is a partner in the law firm of Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney, P.C. in Bridgeport, CT. She devotes her practice exclusively to representing individuals in personal injury cases including auto collisions, premises liability, medical negligence, wrongful death and cases involving the sexual abuse of children. Cindy is certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and she is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America. In 2014, Cindy was honored to become the first woman in Connecticut to be named a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. She also serves on the Board of Governors for the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association where she is Co-Chair of the Nominating Committee and a member of the Continuing Legal Education (“CLE”) Committee. Cindy regularly lectures for CLE programs.

Yvette Young, The Village for Families & Children Inc, Hartford

Yvette Young is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Trinity College and her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Cambridge College. Yvette has nineteen years of experience working for non-profit organizations as a leader, director, trainer and clinician. She worked for the YWCA of the Hartford Region’s Sexual Assault Crisis Service Program for five years, as a Training Coordinator and then as the Program Director. She worked for Catholic Family Services’ Black Family Enrichment Program as an outpatient therapist for two years.  She worked as the Senior Program Director for a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility for children and as the Senior Director of Permanency Services at the Village for Families and Children, Inc. She is currently working as the Project Director/Human Anti-trafficking Response Team Coordinator for the Village for Families and Children Inc. in partnership with DCF. She provides leadership oversight for the Human Anti-trafficking Response Team, Governor’s Task Force on Justice for Abused Children grants and the Juvenile Review Board at the Village.

 

1.0 CLE Credits: (CT: 1.0 General; NY: 1.0 AOP)