Shea M. Rhodes

Director and Co-Founder, Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation

Shea M. Rhodes

Shea Rhodes has dedicated her career to combating violence against women and protecting the rights of those who are exploited. Currently, Ms. Rhodes works with and on behalf of survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking, promoting survivor-oriented and trauma-informed legal responses to those issues. Prior to forming the Commercial Sexual Exploitation Institute in 2014, Ms. Rhodes served as Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney for nearly ten years. She began her career as a staff attorney for the Crime Victim’s Law Project, providing legal advocacy to victims of sexual assault and stalking.

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