Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Responsibility to Protect from Human Trafficking

By Kerry Costello
Kerry Costello graduated from Albany Law School in 2012 and recently passed the New York State bar exam.  At Albany Law School, Kerry was a Senior Editor of the Albany Law Government Law Review and interned at the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board.  She is a graduate of SUNY Cortland with a Political Science degree, and she was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha.
Kerry prepared this paper for Prof. Halewood's International Human Rights course.

The Responsibility to Protect is an emerging norm in the international law. It requires that countries bear responsibility to protect their citizens from atrocity crimes.

Human Trafficking fits under the umbrella of the Responsibility to Protect as an atrocity crime against humanity. The Responsibility to Protect does not currently, however, encompass human trafficking. It should be expanded to do so.

This paper argues that the Responsibility to Protect should and must include human trafficking.  Placing human trafficking under the Responsibility to Protect will place an affirmative duty on countries to protect their citizens from this atrocity. States should be required to enact and enforce laws against it.
To read the paper, open HERE.