Prosecution of Maritime Human Smuggling
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Time: 12 pm
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE
Register: Here
MCLE: One Hour Participatory Credit

There has been a lot of news in the past few years about people illegally crossing the border. Much of this news has focused on people crossing our land borders. But, San Diego is not just the site of America’s largest land border crossing, but also home to 70 miles of coastline that are utilized to smuggle people into the U.S. And, the victims of maritime smuggling are often placed in dangerous or deadly scenarios while being transported by predatory smugglers.

This presentation will be on prosecuting maritime human smuggling cases. The focus will be on addressing the elements specific to prosecutions under Title 8, United States Code, Section 1324, which is the human smuggling statute as well as considerations such as jurisdiction, and venue. In addition, the presentation will address sentencing issues related to migrant deaths in such cases. There will be some discussion of practical matters related to investigative issues pertaining to search warrants, use of material witnesses, and contact with family members of deceased migrants.

About the Speaker

Charlotte Kaiser is the Deputy Chief of the Fast-Track Unit within the Border Enforcement Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California. She has held this position since November 2020 and has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney for approximately 15 years. She has tried approximately 24 federal criminal cases and prosecuted hundreds of cases involving border enforcement issues including maritime smuggling events and migrant death cases. She also has served as an instructor in several criminal immigration programs for federal prosecutors through the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center, as well as training programs for law enforcement partners including the San Diego Sector for U.S. Border Patrol, and Customs and Border Protection, and for a specialized law program with a law school.

Our MCLE webinars are just one of the many resources that we have made available to help you with your legal education! The California State Bar requires 25 hours of continuing legal education every three years, half of which must be participatory credit, and four of which must be on the topic of legal ethics. This presentation provides one hour of general participatory legal education, so you get to start fulfilling these hard-to-find legal requirements! The deadline for Compliance Group 3 (Last Names N-Z) is coming up on February 1, 2023.

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