The Human Trafficking Legal Center
Maggie Lee is the senior staff attorney at the Human Trafficking Legal Center. She leads the Center’s strategic litigation program. Maggie previously spent nine years as a federal prosecutor. Most recently, she was the Deputy Chief of Civil Rights for the Criminal Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, where she was responsible for investigations and prosecutions involving human trafficking, hate crimes, and color of law violations. During her time as a federal prosecutor, Maggie led investigations into numerous transnational organizations engaged in trafficking vulnerable individuals both in the United States and abroad. She has received the Federal Bureau of Investigation Director’s Award for Excellence in International Operations, the Homeland Security Investigations New York Prosecutor of the Year Award, and the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service.
Maggie clerked for the Honorable Leonard B. Sand, United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the Honorable Margo K. Brodie, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She previously served as a Faculty Member for Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop and as an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at New York University School of Law.
Posts by Maggie Lee
Last year, in Ratha v. Phatthana Seafood, the Ninth Circuit held that civil liability under the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) does not extend to those who attempt to benefit from forced labor. After the court denied en banc review, the Human Trafficking Legal Center and other human and workers’ rights organizations asked Congress…Continue Reading