Tell us about your biggest client wins this year. Filed, litigated and settled the first successful fishing boat slavery case in the world. I represented two Indonesian men who alleged they were trafficked onto a commercial fishing vessel and held in forced labor. They escaped when the boat docked at Fisherman’s Wharf. Slavery on fishing boats is pervasive and poses difficult jurisdictional issues.
In addition to damages for the survivors, the settlement also requires that the captain provide a code of conduct and know-your-rights handout to all future crew—a model for the industry.
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