January 18, 2024
12:00pm to 1:00pm
Free to NPBA members; $30 non-members
Join us on January 18, 2024, for special guest speaker, Patrick J. McKenna, Esq., of Virginia Coalition Against Human Trafficking (VCAHT) and Human Trafficking Justice & Freedom International (HTJFI). Did you know that January is human trafficking awareness month? Learn about the important work being done with trafficking survivors, a vision for providing access to justice for this under-served community and how attorneys may volunteer their time and talent to help!
Patrick J. McKenna, Virginia Coalition Against Human Trafficking (VCAHT) and Human Trafficking Justice & Freedom International (HTJFI)
Patrick J. McKenna, Esq., is one of the co-founders of the Virginia Coalition Against Human Trafficking, an alliance of service providers, attorneys, survivor-advocates, and community members on a mission to remove barriers preventing survivors from achieving a full and healthy life.
He is also a co-founder and President of Human Trafficking Justice & Freedom International which provides free legal services to human trafficking survivors.
He is also a Co-Founder and former Executive Director of the Virginia Beach Justice Initiative (now "Freekind') a non-profit organization founded in 2011, dedicated to ending human trafficking and restoring those victimized by it throughout southeastern Virginia.
He has lectured extensively and conducted numerous trainings on HT for the general public and varying groups including faith communities, social services, school staff and administrators, and medical and legal professionals; been a panelist at a number of summits & symposiums and, as an expert on human trafficking, been interviewed on radio, TV and in internet and print media; and served as part of a number of state working groups regarding prevention and survivor service efforts including the Victim Support Working Group of the Governor's Virginia Coordinated Response Against Human Trafficking. He helped launch and facilitate the Hampton Roads Coalition Against Trafficking (HRCAT), composed of governmental and nongovernmental agencies, law enforcement and prosecutorial offices, working to end HT in Hampton Roads, VA, and coordinate efforts to identify trafficking victims & facilitate their rescue, restoration & reintegration into society. He oversaw the development and implementation of a Jail Outreach program operating in four jails throughout Hampton Roads to identify and provide services to human trafficking victims and worked collaboratively with varying individuals and entities throughout Virginia and D.C. to facilitate passage of over 40 pieces of human trafficking legislation in Virginia.
He is a licensed attorney with 32 years of proven results because of his desire to grow professionally and make an ever-increasing contribution to the organizations/individuals which he serves.