Still Not Her Fault: What We've Learned from 10 Years of CATCH Court Data


Paul M. Herbert, JD; Hannah Estabrook, MA, LPCC-S & Vanessa Perkins | September 19 | 9:00-10:00 AM

Topic: Law Enforcement, Programming | Knowledge Level: Beginner, Intermediate | Location: TBD

When CATCH Court began in 2009, it was considered a specialized docket experiment for women ready to exit prostitution. Things began to evolve with the passing of the Ohio Human Trafficking Law in 2012. By 2014, CATCH Court was certified as a specialized docket for victims of human trafficking by the Supreme Court of Ohio. Several academic professionals began to collaboratively evaluate the effectiveness of CATCH Court, and other data interest points. Judge Paul Herbert has been recognized locally, nationally, and globally for his pioneering work. This presentation seeks to both honor a decade worth of work and also highlight lessons learned from the inside. The presenters’ goal is that attendees will grow in their understanding both from their victories, as well as their hard-learned lessons.

Presentation Objectives:

·  Describe an evolution of understanding about commercial sex and the criminal justice system

·  Provide clear and specific steps for individuals to advocate for a similar specialized docket in their community, as well as specific steps to expand and grow their already existing docket

·  Discuss frankly why and how the health of a multidisciplinary team can impact the participants of the specialized docket, and learn about ways to stay healthy as a team

·  Share honest mistakes and exciting victories of a 10-year-old docket

About the Presenters