Problem of Human Trafficking in Our Backyards; Noelle Collins, JD

Noelle Collins is an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Missouri. She has prosecuted numerous multi-state drug conspiracies and financial-crime rings through the use of judicially-authorized Title III wiretaps and other investigative tools. As part of her duties, Noelle has argued many criminal appeals before the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2011, she was named the Human Trafficking Coordinator for the U.S. Attorney’s Office with primary responsibility for the investigation and prosecution of such federal civil-rights violations as the sex-trafficking of adults and minors, and the forced labor of vulnerable victims. Noelle leads the Human Trafficking Task Force in this capacity, which is composed of federal and state law enforcement partners and the Rescue Service Team (REST), who are area social service providers. The Task Force has trained hundreds of people to recognize the signs of human trafficking and how to prepare a federal case. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Noelle worked in private practice at a large Saint Louis law firm after graduating from the University of Illinois College of Law. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Webster University where she teaches undergraduates and graduate students in the Legal Studies department.

Noelle will explain some of the relevant federal law that is used by federal prosecutors to protect vulnerable individuals and prosecute human traffickers who attempt to exploit these crime victims. Because these are often hidden crimes, Noelle will also highlight the indicators of human trafficking that everyone should know.