Julie Dahlstrom

Julie A. Dahlstrom

Clinical Associate Professor of Law


BA cum laude, Boston College
JD cum laude, Boston College School of Law


Biography

Julie Dahlstrom directs BU Law’s Immigrants’ Rights & Human Trafficking (IRHT) Program, which offers law students the unique opportunity to represent noncitizen and survivor clients while developing important lawyering skills. Dahlstrom founded and directed the Human Trafficking Clinic since it opened in 2012. In 2014, the Human Trafficking Clinic was recognized by preLaw magazine as one of the top 25 most innovative clinical programs nationally.

She served previously as a senior staff attorney at Casa Myrna Vazquez, where she represented survivors of commercial sexual exploitation, and as managing attorney of the Immigration Legal Assistance Program at Ascentria Care Alliance. Dahlstrom founded and chairs the U and T Visa Working Group of the Immigration Coalition and is a member of the Human Trafficking Subcommittee of the Delivery of Legal Services Committee. She previously served as the co-chair of the Public Service Subcommittee of the Immigration Committee of the Boston Bar Association.

In 2012, she was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the Massachusetts Human Trafficking Task Force, chaired by the Attorney General, and she has served as the co-chair of the Victim Services Subcommittee and a member of the Labor Trafficking Subcommittee. In 2016, she received the Top Women of the Law Award from Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. Dahlstrom received a JD from Boston College Law School and a BA from Boston College.

 

Publications

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  • Julie A. Dahlstrom, Empathic Solidarity on the Frontline 40 Boston University International Law Journal (2022)
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  • Julie A. Dahlstrom, Trafficking and the Shallow State 12 UC Irvine Law Review (2021)
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  • Alexandra Bonazoli, Julie A. Dahlstrom, Emily Leung, Sarah Leidel, Jennifer Ollington, Ashleigh Pelto & Jamie Sabino, A Guide for Certifying Agencies: MGL 258F Certification for Victims of Violent Crime and Human Trafficking (2021)
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  • Julie A. Dahlstrom, Trafficking to the Rescue? 54 U.C. Davis Law Review (2020)
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  • Julie A. Dahlstrom, The Elastic Meaning(s) of Human Trafficking 108 California Law Review (2020)
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  • Julie A. Dahlstrom & Christina Tousignant-Miller, Working in the Shadows: Child Labor Trafficking in Massachusetts (2017)
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  • Brief of Amici Curiae Ascentria Care Alliance, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County, Demand Abolition, EVA Center, and My Life My Choice in Support of Plaintiff-Appellee on the Constitutionality of An Act Relative to the Commercial Exploitation of People, Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Tyshaun McGhee, et al.
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In the Media

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  • WGBH October 24, 2022

    For Labor Trafficked Immigrants, T-visas Are A Life-saving But Flawed Relief

    Julie Dahlstrom is quoted.
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  • GBH News October 19, 2022

    Greater Boston Full Episode: Oct. 19, 2022

    Julie Dahlstrom’s Work on Labor Trafficking is Recognized.
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  • Mass.gov October 13, 2022

    AG Healey’s Office Receives $1.5 Million in Federal Grants to Expand Human Trafficking Work

    Julie Dahlstrom and the Law’s Immigrants’ Rights and Human Trafficking Program is referenced.
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  • CBS News September 23, 2022

    The Facts behind the Republican Effort to Send Migrants to Democratic-led Cities

    Julie Dahlstrom is quoted.
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  • CBS News

    The Facts behind the Republican Effort to Send Migrants to Democratic-led Cities

    Julie Dahlstrom is quoted.
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  • CBS September 19, 2022

    The Facts behind the Republican Effort to Send Migrants to Democratic-led Cities

    Julie Dahlstrom is quoted.
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  • GBH News January 7, 2022

    Senators Seek Probe of Plymouth County ICE Detention Facility Following Detainee Allegations of Abuse

    Julie Dahlstrom is quoted.
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  • Cognescenti January 4, 2022

    Ghislaine Maxwell Was Found Guilty. But Did Survivors Get Justice?

    A piece by Julie Dahlstrom.
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  • The Los Angeles Times December 13, 2021

    Ghislaine Maxwell’s Case Puts a Spotlight on Trafficking’s Victim-Defendants

    Julie Dahlstrom pens an opinion.
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  • CommonWealth Magazine July 17, 2021

    Budget Provision Sets Standard on Visa Document

    Julie Dahlstrom is quoted.
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  • Greenfield Recorder December 18, 2020

    Beacon Hill Roll Call: Dec. 7 to Dec. 11, 2020

    Julie Dahlstrom is quoted.
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  • CommonWealth Magazine December 15, 2020

    Senate Bill Would Aid Crime Victims and Witnesses with Visas

    Julie Dahlstrom is quoted.
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  • Office Of Senator Mark C. Montigny December 11, 2020

    Senate Set to Advance Montigny Bill Enhancing Protections for Victims of Human Trafficking

    Julie Dahlstrom is quoted.
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  • WilmerHale July 8, 2020

    WilmerHale, BU Law Launch Updated Human Trafficking Guide for Attorneys

    Immigrants' Rights & Human Trafficking Program featured.
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  • February 25, 2020

    His Boss Lied to Him, Stole His Wages, and Threatened to Deport Him

    Julie Dahlstrom quoted in <em>Vice<em/>.
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Courses

Human Trafficking Clinic: Adv. Advocacy Seminar (S): LAW JD 817

3 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have formally applied to and been accepted to the Immigrants' Rights and Human Trafficking Program. In this seminar, students will further develop their trial advocacy and client counseling skills by participating in multiple simulations and a mock hearing. They will learn about comparative models to address human trafficking, and the challenges of a criminal justice framework to solving complex social problems. The course will focus on the lawyer's role in anti-trafficking work, given: (1) converging areas of law; (2) the emerging multi-disciplinary nature of legal work; and (3) tensions among the role of the client as both victim and defendant. Courses will focus on further developing students' competencies in the following areas: (1) strategic planning and decision-making; (2) client interviewing and counseling; (3) trial advocacy; (4) leadership and innovation; and (5) professional responsibility. Classes will focus on a wide range of topics, including: (1) oral advocacy; (2) direct and cross examination; (3) accompaniment and survivor-led advocacy; (4) legal advocacy and brief writing; (4) legislative advocacy; and (5) developing professional roles and self-care. NOTE: The Immigrants' Rights and Human Trafficking Program counts toward the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

SPRG 2023: LAW JD 817 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 25th 2023
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Julie A. Dahlstrom

Immigrants' Rights and Human Trafficking Clinic: Fieldwork (C): LAW JD 859

3 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have formally applied to and been accepted to the Immigrants' Rights and Human Trafficking Program. Students have three fieldwork options: (1) concentration in immigrants' rights; (2) concentration in human trafficking; or (3) work on both types of cases. Students focusing on immigrants' rights will represent adult and children asylum seekers and other vulnerable noncitizens with the opportunity to litigate an immigration case in the Boston Immigration Court. Students focusing on anti-trafficking work will represent survivors of labor and sex trafficking in a wide range of civil matters and engage in policy-related work to address gaps in the local and national landscape. Students focusing on both immigrants' rights and human trafficking will represent immigrant clients and survivors of human trafficking in a range of civil matters. All students will have the opportunity to engage in immigrants' rights and human trafficking work through "Know-Your-Rights" visits at the local jail/detention center and by conducting intake at the Family Justice Center for human trafficking survivors. Students, working in pairs, assume the primary responsibility for multiple clients' complex cases, from start to finish. Students conduct client interviews, track down witnesses, speak with experts, develop documentary, testimonial and expert evidence, and write legal briefs. The clinical supervisors prepare students for their cases through weekly supervision meetings, mid-semester and final individual meetings, and mock hearings, as appropriate. NOTE: The Immigrants' Rights and Human Trafficking Program counts toward the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. PRE/CO-REQUISITE: Evidence. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2022: LAW JD 859 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2022
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD 3 Julie A. DahlstromSarah R. Sherman-Stokes
SPRG 2023: LAW JD 859 A1 , Jan 17th to Apr 26th 2023
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD 3 Julie A. DahlstromSarah R. Sherman-Stokes

Immigrants' Rights and Human Trafficking Program: Core Lawyering Skills (C) : LAW JD 882

3 credits

THIS CLASS IS RESTRICTED to students who have formally applied to and been accepted to the Immigrants' Rights and Human Trafficking Program. The seminar is the fall companion course for students enrolled in the Program. It provides a practice-oriented introduction to advocacy on behalf of indigent clients, including noncitizens and survivors of human trafficking. Students will develop a wide range of competencies with classes focusing topics including: (1) client interviewing and counseling; (2) case planning; (3) legal research and writing; (4) cultural competency; (5) legal story-telling and developing a theory of the case; (6) affidavit writing; (7) vicarious and secondary trauma; and (8) professional responsibility. Students will participate in class simulations, present in case rounds, and actively engage in facilitated discussions. There also will be two boot camp classes for students with specialized training in the following areas: (1) immigration law with a focus on asylum law and representing vulnerable noncitizens; and (2) human trafficking law with a focus on the protection framework in the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and multi-disciplinary lawyering. NOTE: The Immigrants' Rights and Human Trafficking Program counts toward the 6 credit Experiential Learning requirement. GRADING NOTICE: This course does not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2022: LAW JD 882 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2022
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Tue 2:10 pm 4:10 pm 3 Julie A. DahlstromSarah R. Sherman-Stokes LAW 416

Public Interest Law (S): LAW JD 875

3 credits

Public interest legal practice takes many forms. It can involve government agencies, non-profit organizations, private law firms doing pro bono work, public defender's office, labor unions, and inter-governmental organizations, among others. It can take the form of litigation, transactional work, policy-related work, or legislative advocacy. Also, attorneys adopt varied models of public interest lawyering, including approaches known as community lawyering, cause lawyering, and movement lawyering. This seminar engages through readings, guest speakers, and class discussion to examine the various approaches to public interest lawyering. Students will explore how to define the "public interest" and learn different models for public interest lawyering. Students also will gain familiarity with the different substantive areas of public interest law, organizational settings for public interest practice, and modes of public interest advocacy. Many class sessions will include a guest faculty member or a guest attorney who will present a sample of their public interest work in connection with class themes. There will also be time dedicated to discussing speaker presentations. Students will be required to submit short reaction papers to the readings and presentations and perform an in-class oral presentation based on class themes. UPPER-CLASS WRITING REQUIREMENT: This class may not be used to satisfy the requirement. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar, or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who wait list for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.

SPRG 2023: LAW JD 875 A1 , Jan 19th to Apr 20th 2023
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Thu 4:20 pm 6:20 pm 3 Julie A. DahlstromGoodwin