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Kathleen Kim - Loyola Marymount University. Los Angeles, CA, US

Kathleen Kim

Professor of Law | Loyola Law School, Loyola Marymount University


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Professor Kathleen Kim is a nationally-recognized expert on immigration and human trafficking. Her scholarship investigates the intersection of immigration law, workplace rights, civil rights and the 13th Amendment, and has addressed, among other things, the law’s response to coercion in the context of human trafficking and the exploitation of undocumented workers. She is co-author of the first casebook on human trafficking.

Before joining the Loyola faculty, Professor Kim pioneered civil litigation on behalf of human trafficking survivors at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco. She launched and directed the Human Trafficking Project as a Skadden Fellow, the first of its kind to focus on the civil rights of trafficked individuals to receive monetary compensation for the abuse of forced labor. In 2005, she became the inaugural Immigrants’ Rights Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School. In addition to her teaching and scholarship, Professor Kim continues to provide technical assistance in human trafficking civil cases around the country. She currently co-directs the Anti-Trafficking Litigation Assistance and Support Team and was a gubernatorial appointee to the California Alliance to Combat Trafficking and Slavery. In 2013, she was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Commission.

Education (2)

University of Michigan: BA

Stanford Law School: JD

Areas of Expertise (2)

Immigration Law

Human Trafficking

Media Appearances (3)

Don't Undermine Victim's Rights in Fighting Sex Trafficking

Pacific Standard  online


Three legal experts who have worked with victims of human trafficking argue that Prop 35, a laudable effort on California's ballot to address sex slavery, will actually set back existing efforts to fight the trade.

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Trump labor secretary who cut Epstein deal plans to slash funds for sex trafficking victims

The Guardian  online


“A huge cut of this sort is bound to expose children to more risk of sexual trafficking,” said Kathleen Kim, a professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles who co-authored California’s law on human trafficking.

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Should our immigration courts move to the judicial branch?

The Week  online


Legal analysts argue, by contrast, that the current status of immigration courts as under the purview of the Department of Justice has politicized their work. "Our current system permits the political branches of government to yield tremendous power over immigration enforcement policies and practices," says Kathleen Kim, an immigration law professor at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

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Event Appearances (2)


Beyond Coercion  University of California Irvine Immigration Colloquium


Keynote Speaker

Lessons in Anti-trafficking Lawyering  Whittier Law Review Symposium