Seymour James Jr., president of the New York State Bar Association, has appointed a committee to study human trafficking and ways to safeguard children and adults from being forced into prostitution or labor.

James said the Special Committee on Human Trafficking, led by former State Bar President Bernice Leber of Arent Fox and Sandra Rivera of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips in Albany, will review a 2007 state law that criminalizes sex and labor trafficking. The law, hailed as a major step forward in the battle against “modern day slavery,” was considered the most comprehensive anti-trafficking law in the country. James said the committee will study why human trafficking continues to exist and propose additional reforms.