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Capital District Humanist Society

The Capital District Humanist Society provides a supportive community for exchanging ideas, heightening our knowledge of the world and ourselves, fostering moral and ethical growth, and promoting the principles of secular humanism.

CDHS is a member organization for individuals who share humanist values and who reside in the Capital District region of New York State and neighboring areas. Our values include commitment to free inquiry, rational thought, life-long education, democracy, social concern, and fellowship.

The Society provides various activities including monthly speakers, socials, book discussions, and a newsletter.

The Capital District Humanist Society presents:



Joanne Macri, Esq.:

 Immigration Rights of Victims of Human Trafficking

Human trafficking can involve trafficking both for commercial sex and for labor, either domestic or commercial. The circumstances in which a trafficked person is sometimes identified is when the victim is brought before the courts, either in the context of a criminal matter or in family court proceedings. Distinguishing the needs and the rights of the victim of human trafficking from the criminal justice process or the role of the family court can be complex and challenging, particularly when the victim requires a holistic approach to their circumstances (i.e., defending against a criminal charge or family court matter, immigration concerns and the need for protection from subsequent exploitation). The discussion will provide an overview of the potential immigration issues that may arise in both criminal and family court proceedings, particularly as relating to immigrant victims of human trafficking and the statewide efforts that are underway to increase the potential for identification, assistance and response to the needs of immigrant victims of human trafficking in a manner that seeks to protect and to preserve their basic human rights.


Joanne Macri currently serves as the Director of Regional Initiatives for the New York State Office of Indigent Legal Services where she is currently engaged in the agency’s development and implementation of a network of statewide Regional Immigration Assistance Centers. She is also a member of the New York Advisory Council on Immigration Issues in Family Court. Prior to joining ILS, Ms. Macri served as the director of the Criminal Defense Immigration Project (CDIP) and the Immigrant Defense Project of the New York State Defenders Association (NYSDA) where she has provided immigration support to criminal and family law attorneys across New York State and conducted numerous continuing legal education trainings on the immigration consequences of New York criminal convictions and family court dispositions. For her service, Ms. Macri was recognized by the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) Criminal Justice Section for her Outstanding Contribution to Criminal Law Education, the NYSBA Committee to Ensure Mandated Quality Representation and Prisoners’ Legal Services of New York for her commitment to providing support to indigent representation. She was also recognized by the Upstate New York Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) as the 2015 recipient of the Mark T. Kenmore Mentor of the Year Award. Most recently, Ms. Macri received the Unsung Hero Award for Government Services as an Albany Law School Alumni and was honored by the New York State Defenders Association as the first female attorney recipient of the Wilfred R. O’Connor award for her commitment to client-centered representation. Ms. Macri is an adjunct professor at Sage College and was a previous adjunct professor at the State of New York University at Buffalo Law School where she has taught courses on prisoners’ rights law, U.S. immigration law, immigration law practice and criminal/immigration law for several years. Ms. Macri also currently serves as the co-chair of the NYSBA Committee on Immigration Representation and is a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation. She also serves as a member on the Committee for Gender Fairness for the Third Judicial Department and has previously served on the NYSBA Immigration Litigation Committee, the New York City Bar Association Criminal Justice Operations Committee and the Upstate New York AILA Chapter Subcommittees for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection. She earned her JD degree at Albany Law School and received an honors BA degree from the University of Ottawa.

Sunday, June 11th, 2017


  • Refreshments 12:30; Program 1:15 p.m.
  • Room 224, Campus Center, Sage Colleges Albany Campus
  • New Scotland Ave. at Academy Road, Albany
  • Admission: Free.

  • The Public is Cordially Invited to Attend!

Presented by The Capital District Humanist Society

Details and directions: 518.533.2666, or our directions page

Monthly meetings

CDHS meets on the second Sunday of each month in Room 224 of the Campus Center at the Albany campus of the Sage Colleges, at New Scotland Avenue and Academy Road.

We gather at 12:30 pm. Program starts at 1:15. Light refreshments are provided.

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Other Activities

In addition to monthly speaker presentations, we hold monthly social events, and sponsor a reading group, and a discussion group.


CDHS is affiliated with the three major humanist organizations:



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