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Katherine E. Mullen

The Legal Aid Society
Staff Attorney, Juvenile Rights Practice
New York, NY, USA


Katherine “Cait” Mullen is an attorney with the Juvenile Rights Practice of The Legal Aid Society in New York City, the nation’s largest and oldest provider of legal services to low-income families and individuals.  The Juvenile Rights Practice provides comprehensive representation as attorneys for children who appear before the New York City Family Court in abuse, neglect, juvenile delinquency and other proceedings affecting children’s rights and welfare. In addition to providing direct representation to youth in Family Court proceedings, Cait has been involved in legislative reform and advocacy for commercially sexually exploited youth.  Cait was instrumental in the drafting and passage of the Safe  Harbor Act, the first law in the United States to protect the domestic child victims of commercial sexual exploitation.  Cait is a member of numerous task forces on sexually exploited youth, and works on legislative reform with ECPAT and advocacy groups nationwide.  In recognition of  her work, Cait received the Outstanding Legal Advocate of 2007 award from the National Association of Counsel for Children. Cait has conducted numerous training sessions nationwide on the representation of sexually exploited youth, and has frequently provided expert testimony to the New York State Assembly and Senate, and the New York City Council.  Cait has been a panelist at the NACC National Child Welfare, Juvenile and Family Law Conference; the Yale Law School Rebellious Lawyering Conference reblaw 2103; the Freedom Network 11th Annual Conference.; and faculty presenter at the National Juvenile Defender conference. With Rachel Lloyd, she is co-author of a chapter in The Lawyer’s Manual on Human Trafficking, published in 2011.
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