Judge Mark Kappelhoff

Combating Sex Trafficking in Minnesota

Thursday, May 16, 7:00 p.m., at Our Saviour’s

Judge Mark Kappelhoff will be speaking on Combating Sex Trafficking in Minnesota: A Crime with Too Many Victims.

Sex trafficking is a human rights crime and a modern-day form of slavery that involves perpetrators who target and sexually exploit vulnerable victims. It is a global phenomenon that is found in countries throughout the world, as well as in urban and rural communities right here in Minnesota.

Judge Kappelhoff is District Court Judge on the Fourth Judicial District Court in Hennepin County and an expert on human trafficking. He regularly speaks at local, national, and international human trafficking conferences and training seminars.  He recently traveled to Eastern Europe where he delivered a keynote address on human trafficking on behalf of the U.S. State Department at a conference sponsored by the Council of the Baltic Sea States. As a career federal prosecutor, he investigated and prosecuted human trafficking, hate crimes, and police misconduct cases throughout the country.

Judge Kappelhoff oversaw the department’s criminal and civil investigations in Ferguson, Missouri, played an instrumental role in the department’s efforts to secure passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, and created the Civil Rights division’s groundbreaking Human Trafficking Prosecution unit. As an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, he currently teaches a seminar course on Human Trafficking.

Mark Kappelhoff is the son of Jim and Marilyn Kappelhoff.