Villanova University School of Law

Register Now for the 2022 Symposium!

Register Now! For this year’s symposium on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT at John F. Scarpa Hall, please join us for cutting-edge panel presentations from survivors, lawyers, and law reformers. It is imperative that the experiences of survivors inform the development of policies and law reform to combat commercial sexual exploitation. Survivor voices must remain front and center of the anti-trafficking movement as we shape policy, provide services and work toward a world where commercial sexual exploitation is a relic of the past.  This symposium is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 6 Substantive In-Person or Distance CLE credits. Please note registration prior to the event is required. Attendees will receive an email from Eventbrite with the Zoom link prior to the event and can choose to join either in-person or virtually to receive CLE credit.


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The CSE Institute has already partnered with more than 50 governmental and non-governmental organizations throughout Pennsylvania and beyond, addressing commercial sexual exploitation through training and technical assistance, as well as legislative and policy reform. We engage in multi-disciplinary collaboration to identify and implement effective solutions to complex, real world problems - providing a uniquely challenging and inspiring educational environment for our law school externs.

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Trauma-Informed Lawyering

Our Mission

We educate and provide technical assistance to those who respond to commercial sexual exploitation in Pennsylvania, the United States and beyond, promoting victim-centered, trauma-informed multidisciplinary collaboration.

We equip policy-makers and the broader community with the skills and knowledge they need to improve the legal system’s response to commercial sexual exploitation, in order to support survivors and hold perpetrators accountable.

We center the experiences of survivors to inform the development of policies and best practices to combat commercial sexual exploitation and are committed to engaging the survivor community in shaping our positions.

We aim to create a community in which every human being is treated with dignity, compassion, and respect inspired by Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law’s Catholic and Augustinian mission.