Disciplining For-Profit Prisons Through Civil Human Trafficking Litigation


Location: 1130 Eck Hall of Law


The private prison industry is notorious for its perverse incentives. Alexandra Levy, Notre Dame Law School, will discuss two recent cases that demonstrate how the civil provision of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (18 U.S.C. ยง1595) might serve as bulwark against exploitation in this context, by providing a remedy for harm, and also by reducing the expected revenue from certain detention practices.

Alexandra F. Levy teaches Human Markets and Introduction to the American Legal System. Her curriculum and scholarship focus on human alienability as a human right, legal conceptions of victimhood, and the law and economics of black markets. As an attorney at the Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center, Levy speaks and writes on a variety of topics related to human trafficking litigation, and curates resources for attorneys handling human trafficking matters nationwide. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.

Co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society and The Center for Civil and Human Rights