Cadwalader To Host Unique Event Involving 19th Century Human Trafficking

by Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

New York, NY — On Thursday, January 30, 2014, Cadwalader will host a case reenactment that tells the story of 22 Chinese women determined to be “lewd” pursuant to California state law by an official in the port of San Francisco in 1874. The official ruled that the women could not disembark unless the ship’s captain paid a bond of $500 each. The captain refused, and the women were ordered detained. The legal proceedings that followed included an appeal that reached the Supreme Court of the United States, raising issues of federalism and civil and human rights.

The reenactment will be presented at Cadwalader’s offices in One World Financial Center at 6 p.m. on January 30 by members of the Asian American Bar Association of New York, including Cadwalader attorneys, the Honorable Denny Chin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and the Honorable Kiyo Matsumoto of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. The story of these women, who were most likely victims of 19th century human trafficking, will be told through narration, reenactment of court proceedings, and historic photographs.

For lawyers, 1.5 professional practice/practice management (including transitional) NY CLE credits will be offered. If you are interested in attending, please email