Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Demand Abolition Advocates for Policies Targeting Illicit Sex Buyers

Beth Klein is an accomplished Boulder-area attorney who possesses experience in complex commercial and personal injury litigation. In addition to serving as the managing shareholder and primary trial attorney for the Boulder-based law firm Klein Frank, P.C., Beth Klein sits on the national steering committee of Demand Abolition, an organization that combats sex trafficking.

As part of its approach to ending sex trafficking in the US, Demand Abolition advocates for policies that target buyers of sex in order to reduce demand. While much attention is focused on prosecuting sex traffickers, and rightly so, more than 1,200 cities nationwide have seen results by implementing demand reduction tactics, including reverse stings, where law enforcement officers pose as prostitutes or sex trafficking victims, and “john schools,” which are intervention courses for people caught soliciting prostitution.

A study completed in Jersey City, New Jersey, concluded that incorporating demand reduction techniques into an overall strategy reduced paid-for sex by 75 percent. Demand Abolition believes that continuing these efforts to target sex buyers on a larger scale will help to significantly reduce the incidence of commercial sexual exploitation.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Be Aware of the Red Flags That Signal Sex Trafficking

Boulder-based attorney Beth Klein has been named a Colorado Super Lawyer and one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers in Colorado. Currently the managing shareholder of the law firm Klein Frank, P.C. in Boulder, Beth Klein dedicates much of her time and energy to advocating for policies to end sex trafficking. 

Being aware of human trafficking indicators can enable you identify potential victims who need help. Red flags that might signal human trafficking include people who work long hours but lack their own possessions and money, as well as those who have unusual restrictions on their mobility or free time. A home or workplace with a high level of security, such as barbed wire, surveillance cameras, and opaque or boarded up windows, may also signal the possibility of human trafficking.

Sometimes, the victims of sex trafficking exhibit telltale signs such as fearful, anxious, submissive, or depressed behavior. Often, people who are being exploited for sex or labor will seem malnourished and appear to be suffering from a lack of medical care or bear marks from physical restraints. If you recognize the red flags of human trafficking, please contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. The hotline operators can offer referrals for victim services and tell you how to report the situation to the authorities.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Selecting a Jury

The primary trial attorney and managing shareholder of Klein Frank, PC, in Boulder, Colorado, Beth Klein handles complex personal injury cases and vehicular accident cases on behalf of clients who have been seriously injured. Possessing more than three decades of legal experience, attorney Beth Klein of Boulder, Colorado, is skilled in jury selection.

Here are several dos and don'ts when it comes to selecting a jury:

- Do know the verdict you want. Different goals will shape the questions you ask the potential jury members in the selection process.

- Don’t get hung up on demographics. With the exception of issues related directly to discrimination or a specific set of demographics, a juror’s leaning is rarely predicted by his or her background. Every person has different attitudes and experiences, so focus on each juror’s attitudes and experiences to gain insight into how he or she may vote.

- Do check jurors’ social network activity. Jurors’ behavior on social media is often more indicative of their true views and opinions than the things they may say in selection questioning. Even if you spend only 15 minutes looking at social profiles, the information gives you a more rounded and complete understanding of each person.

- Don’t use big words. Using complex legal terms and Latin phrases is the norm for attorneys. However, doing so may confuse jury members and result in unclear answers to the questions you pose. For example, instead of using the term “voir dire,” say “jury selection” so potential jurors will better understand you.

Monday, December 24, 2018

America’s Top 100 Recognizes the Best Lawyers in the Nation

A reputable lawyer in Boulder, Colorado, Beth Klein serves as the managing shareholder and primary trial attorney at Klein Frank, PC. Beth Klein has received dozens of awards for her work, including Lifetime Achievement in America’s Top 100 Attorneys.

Recognizing the most accomplished and qualified professionals across numerous fields, including medicine, real estate, and law, America’s Top 100, LLC, offers invitation-only membership to fewer than 1 percent of professionals in the United States. This limited membership is due to the organization’s multiphase selection process that includes the analysis of each professional’s community impact, peer reputation, customer satisfaction, and other proprietary factors. 

To begin the evaluation process, a candidate is identified through peer nomination or third-party research. Professionals cannot buy their way into the organization or nominate themselves.

Once nominated, candidates are screened through third-party research and assessed using qualitative comparative analysis. This ensures that only the most effective and efficient professionals are invited to join the Top 100.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

BackPage's Closure Helps Reduce the Ease of Sex-Trafficking

A Boulder, Colorado-based trial attorney, Beth Klein was ranked as one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers and Top 100 Lawyers overall in Colorado. Committed to ending sex-trafficking, Beth Klein works as a consultant and leadership trainer with the Klein Frank Foundation to advocate for those who are sexually exploited.

In 2017, advocates for victims of sex-trafficking celebrated a major victory with the decommissioning of the online brothel site called BackPage.com. Responsible for trafficking around 80 percent of all victims and even selling missing children, BackPage.com was removed from the web after a Senate subcommittee released a scathing report about the electronic brothel.

The Senate report, which totaled more than a million pages, found that the company knowingly received profits from ads related to prostitution and child sex trafficking. Before it was shut down, BackPage.com was raking in as much as $135 million in profits each year.

Meanwhile, more than 420 missing children cases were found in BackPage ads, according to Yiota Souras, general counsel for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. In addition, Arizona State University researchers discovered minors in approximately 150 BackPage ads. Now that BackPage is gone, it is thankfully harder for sex traffickers to find buyers for their victims.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Demand Abolition's CEASE Program Helps Cities Fight Sex-Trafficking

With experience in commercial, personal injury, and other complex litigation matters, Beth Klein has worked as a trial attorney with the Boulder, Colorado, law firm Klein Frank, P.C. since 2003. A committed advocate for exploited women and girls, Beth Klein also sits on the national steering committee of Demand Abolition, an organization working to reduce sex trafficking and prostitution in the United States. 

Demand Abolition has developed a multi-city initiative to reduce sexual exploitation called the CEASE (Cities Empowered Against Sexual Exploitation) Network. Currently active in 12 cities, the CEASE initiative works to reduce the demand for prostitution by raising awareness about effective deterrents, including the threat of arrest. Survivors of sex-trafficking and other advocates support the approach of holding buyers accountable for their role in the sex trade.

CEASE-affiliated law enforcement agencies have streamlined their sting operation protocols, resulting in the arrests of thousands of buyers and the redirection of women and girls to social services. In one case, a 10-day sting operation enabled Houston-area law enforcement to capture more than 200 buyers of sex. In Seattle, Washington, authorities charged 13 sex buyers with felonies for maintaining a website that linked thousands of buyers to trapped victims across the country. To learn more about ways to reduce the demand for prostitution and sex-trafficking, contact demandabolition@huntalternatives.org.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Beth Klein’s Experience with Human Trafficking Legislation, Verdicts

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Beth Klein is an attorney with over 30 years of experience. In addition to her work as a managing shareholder and primary trial attorney at Klein Frank, PC, in Boulder, Beth Klein consults with governments and advocacy organizations in an effort to end human trafficking.

Over the course of her legal career, Ms. Klein has expressed a passion for improving the lives of those she represents, particularly vulnerable populations and individuals impacted by human trafficking. In addition to writing laws for numerous states and governments around the world at no cost, she has been active in trying military contractors for trafficking crimes committed around the world, including crimes committed in war and conflict zones.

Following the 2007 increase in American troops deployed in Iraq, Ms. Klein’s experience with these cases resulted in her being awarded the Dawson v. Fluor case, later voted Case of the Year by the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association and entered into the Texas Verdicts Hall of Fame. Following four years of deliberations, Klein Frank, PC, achieved an $18.78 million verdict after proving negligence of a military contractor in Baghdad, resulting in serious burns to more than 65 percent of the body of plaintiff David Dawson.