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Clinics Release Best Practices Series to Better Inform the Public and Practitioners

October 04, 2013 – 

The Rutgers Constitutional Rights and International Human Rights Clinics have launched a new publication entitled the Best Practices Series. The Best Practices Series is aimed at addressing important legal issues surrounding everyday occurrences, which may not be apparent, but that impact many people in New Jersey and elsewhere in the country. Each publication will be roughly five pages and will be easy to understand and geared toward non-lawyers.

Issue #1: ASVAB-CEP Testing in High Schools. Click here to read the full report

The first issue focuses on privacy issues surrounding an aptitude test,  the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery - Career Exploration Program (ASVAB-CEP), administered by the military to over 600,000 high school students each year. As Clinical Professor Penny Venetis said, “Guidance counselors who steer students to take the exam may not be aware that there are family and student privacy issues that should be taken into account before any student sits for the exam. Students and their families should control who obtains access to their aptitude scores, and military recruiters should obtain scores only with full parental consent.”

The second issue, which will be published in the Winter of 2013, will address issues related to human trafficking, specifically as they apply to the hospitality industry. This publication, Venetis believes, will help hotel owners, who will experience a surge of business when New Jersey hosts the Super Bowl, identify trafficking victims and report traffickers to the police. As the New Jersey Law Journal recently reported, “Much like other sports’ mega-events . . . the Super Bowl draws traffickers who arrange to import droves of young women, and sometimes young men, to be of sexual service to high-rolling male sports fans in town for just a few days and away from their wives, girlfriends and family members.”

For more information on the Best Practices Series, contact Penny Venetis, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic, at 973 353-5687, or visit the Constitutional Rights Clinic or the International Human Rights Clinic.