Oak Park resident to receive human rights award from Illinois State Bar Association

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By Community Editor

Courtesy Tammy Martin

Jody Raphael, of Oak Park, attorney and senior research fellow at the Schiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center at the DePaul University College of Law, will receive the Elmer Gertz Award for Human Rights from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) at the organization's 137th Annual Meeting on Friday, June 21, at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Raphael has dedicated her career to advancing the cause of women and girls. She works on behalf of women and girls engaged in prostitution, as well as victims of rape and domestic violence. She has produced three major pieces of work that have had a wide influence in Illinois and across the country, including her 2004 book, Listening to Olivia: Violence, Poverty, and Prostitution; her 2008 research with 100 girls in the sex trade industry in Chicago entitled, Domestic Sex Trafficking of Chicago Women and Girls; and her 2010 research with 25 pimps in Chicago entitled, From Victims to Victimizers: Interviews with 25 Ex-Pimps in Chicago.

Since 2001, Raphael has served as an associate editor of the International Violence Against Women Journal. She has practiced law in legal services programs for the poor in Maryland, Indiana and Missouri, also serving as regional director of the Legal Services Corporation in Chicago. From 1994-2003, she worked at the Chicago-based Center for Impact Research (formerly Taylor Institute) as executive director and later as director of research.

Raphael received her AB degree magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College and her J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School.

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