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Kate Mogulescu

The Legal Aid Society
Supervising Attorney, Trafficking Victims Advocacy Project
New York, NY, USA


Kate Mogulescu is a supervising attorney in the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Practice, where she has represented indigent clients facing criminal prosecution for the last decade.

In 2011, Ms. Mogulescu founded and developed the Legal Aid Society's Trafficking Victims Advocacy Project, the first anti-trafficking project to be implemented by a public defender organization. She continues to run this innovative project, which aims to better identify victims of trafficking and exploitation among individuals prosecuted for prostitution in New York City.

Ms. Mogulescu’s project has been featured in the New York Times, the New York Daily News, and lauded by the American Bar Association. She regularly trains public defenders, prosecutors, and other stakeholders in the criminal justice system, both in New York City and nationally, on best practices to identify victims of sex trafficking and prevent the criminalization of vulnerable populations.   Ms. Mogulescu has been invited to testify before the New York City Council and New York State Legislature on the issue of combating sex trafficking. 

Ms. Mogulescu was recently named one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association, an award recognizing legal professionals who have distinguished themselves in their field, and have demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBT Equality.  In 2012, Ms. Mogulescu was named a finalist for the American Constitution Society’s David Carliner Public Interest Award, which "recognizes outstanding mid-career public interest lawyers whose work best exemplifies its namesake’s legacy of fearless, uncompromising and creative advocacy on behalf of marginalized people."

Ms. Mogulescu received her J.D. from Yale Law School and a B.A. from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

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