Ruth V. McGregor Project to Stop Sex Trafficking

The Ruth V. McGregor Project to Stop Sex Trafficking is a multifaceted program that involves faculty, students and community organizations in providing a range of legal aid and other assistance to victims of sex trafficking.
The program is named for Ruth V. McGregor, a College of Law alumna and former Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, and strong advocate in the efforts to stop sex-trafficking.
The project addresses the special issues facing victims and survivors of sex-trafficking. In the short time since its inception, the project has laid a strong foundation in the community as a go-to resource for victims.  In accordance with community need and the goals established by the project’s funders, the project has assisted victims of sex trafficking by providing a range of services in the key areas of advocacy, community awareness, and education. 
Advocacy for victims is currently accomplished through the project by providing direct legal representation to victims of sex trafficking, who often have criminal convictions related to their sex-trafficking activities; as well as offering social advocacy, provided by professional advocates, who assist victims to secure housing, healthcare, mental health treatment, education, and employment.
Community awareness
Community awareness about the prevalence and negative impact of sex-trafficking is currently promoted by providing information to the community through local speaking engagements and placement of stories in the local and national media, including stories in the East Valley Tribune, Arizona Republic, Walter Cronkite News Service, and Channel 12.
Education on how to identify sex-trafficking activities and find resources to assist victims is currently accomplished in three ways: first, by educating the community through increasing awareness on the topic; second, by educating the judiciary and others in the legal system about the realities of victimization and resources available to help overcome the barriers to positive re-entry into society; and third, by educating law students on how to effectively represent both juvenile and adult survivors of this crime. 


Click here to view this CLE event held on April 16, 2014:

Maria Martinez, Victim Advocate