A Multi-Agency Perspective on Human Trafficking

Brandy Donini-Melanson, Strategic Engagement and Law Enforcement Coordinator (LEC) & secondary spokesperson at the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO)

Brandy Donini-Melanson is the Strategic Engagement and Law Enforcement Coordinator (LEC) and secondary spokesperson at the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the District of Massachusetts where she has worked since 2008.  One of her key responsibilities is to establish and maintain communication between federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement as well as with government agencies and non-governmental organizations who are essential to DOJ and USAO crime prevention efforts.  Brandy has been intricately involved in a range of initiatives, including anti-human trafficking and violent crime reduction.  Brandy currently serves as the Chair of the National Law Enforcement Coordinators’ Working Group.

Prior to becoming the LEC, Brandy was a Victim Witness Specialist with the USAO in the Eastern District of Virginia.  Prior to that, she worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons for over seven years where she held positions as a drug abuse treatment specialist and a case manager at FCI Milan in Michigan and FCI Ashland and USP Big Sandy, both in Kentucky.   She has been with the U.S. Department of Justice for over 20 years.


Julie Dahlstrom, Immigrants’ Rights & Human Trafficking (IRHT) Program, Boston University Law School

Julie Dahlstrom directs the Immigrants’ Rights & Human Trafficking (IRHT) Program at Boston University Law School, which offers law students the unique opportunity to represent noncitizen and survivor clients while developing important lawyering skills.  Professor Dahlstrom founded and directed the Human Trafficking Clinic since it opened in 2012. In 2014, the Human Trafficking Clinic was recognized by preLaw magazine as one of the top 25 most innovative clinical programs nationally.

She served previously as a senior staff attorney at Casa Myrna Vazquez, where she represented survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, and as managing attorney of the Immigration Legal Assistance Program at Ascentria Care Alliance.  Professor Dahlstrom founded and chairs the U and T Visa Working Group of the Immigration Coalition and is a member of the Human Trafficking Subcommittee of the Delivery of Legal Services Committee. She previously served as the co-chair of the Public Service Subcommittee of the Immigration Committee of the Boston Bar Association.

In 2012, she was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the Massachusetts Human Trafficking Task Force, chaired by the Attorney General, and she has served as the co-chair of the Victim Services Subcommittee and a member of the Labor Trafficking Subcommittee. In 2016, she received the Top Women of the Law Award from Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Professor Dahlstrom received a JD from Boston College Law School and a BA from Boston College.

Amy Farrell, Associate Director and Associate Professor, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University, College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Professor Farrell joined the tenure track faculty in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2008. Prior to that time she served as the assistant director of the Institute on Race and Justice and a faculty researcher at Northeastern University. Her research seeks to understand arrest, adjudication and criminal case disposition practices. Professor Farrell is the co-author of Not Guilty: Are the Acquitted Innocent, published by New York University Press in 2012 (with Daniel Givelber) and co-editor of Deadly injustice: Trayvon Martin, race, and the criminal justice system published by New York University Press, 2015 (with Devon Johnson and Patricia Warren).

Professor Farrell’s research seeks to understanding how the criminal justice system responds to newly recognized and prioritized crimes such as hate crimes and human trafficking. Professor Farrell collaborated on research examining challenges to police identification and reporting of hate crimes. Professor Farrell co-authored a report for the National Institute of Justice on hate crimes against immigrants in the U.S. and is currently conducting research on youth and Latino/a experiences of bias motivated crime victimization. She oversees a program to collect data on human trafficking investigations for the U.S. Department of Justice and has studied and published research about how local, state and federal law enforcement agencies identify, investigate and prosecute human trafficking cases. She recently completed projects examining labor trafficking victimization in the US and assign the effectiveness of state anti-trafficking law reform efforts.

Professor Farrell has testified about police identification of human trafficking before the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee. She was also appointed to the Massachusetts Attorneys General Human Trafficking Policy Task Force and oversaw a committee that developed recommendations for improving the collection and sharing of data on human trafficking victims in the Commonwealth.

Professor Farrell was a co-recipient of NIJ’s W.E.B. DuBois Fellowship on crime justice and culture in 2006 and the American Society Criminology Mentor of the Year Awardee in 2014.

Timothy E. Moran, Assistant U.S. Attorney/Director of the Civil Rights Enforcement Team (CRET), U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Massachusetts

Timothy E. Moran is an Assistant United States Attorney, Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime and Gang Unit, and Director of the Civil Rights Enforcement Team. As director of the team, he supervises all criminal civil rights cases in the office and helps with training and outreach for law enforcement partners, NGOs, academics and other interested parties.  He has been with the Department of Justice since 2004 and is an honors graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School.