On My Side 2023 Honoree

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The Advocate of the Year Award honors an individual who has shown extraordinary commitment to advocacy to assert trafficking survivors’ rights. This year’s honoree, Anne Voigts, has done extraordinary amicus brief work in civil trafficking cases over many years. She has zealously advocated for the rights of survivors of trafficking through a series of amicus briefs drafted for the Human Trafficking Legal Center. Her advocacy in Ratha v. Phatthana, a case brought on behalf of Cambodian villagers trafficked into Thailand and held in forced labor in seafood factories, has had a significant impact on the jurisprudence in anti-trafficking litigation. Her earliest amicus brief in this case is widely cited in the anti-trafficking community as one of the best ever submitted in a civil human trafficking/forced labor case. She has also represented the organization (and several partners) in additional amicus briefs in the Ninth Circuit, including Wang v. Imperial Pacific International, a case that resulted in seven survivors of forced labor collecting $6.9 million in damages. Her legal skill, strategic approach to human trafficking civil litigation, and understanding of the 9th Circuit all set her apart as a pro bono advocate. 

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Anne Voigts is a partner at King & Spalding LLP in the firm’s Appellate, Constitutional and Administrative Law Group who has worked on cases before the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, and federal and state appellate and trial courts. A former Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit clerk, she has argued over 60 cases in federal and state appellate courts. A former federal prosecutor with over a decade of public service in the Central and Northern District of California, she has over twenty years of experience handling appeals and critical motions practice and routinely advises trial teams on complex legal issues in a wide range of cases. 

She has worked on cases involving data privacy and cybersecurity, class actions, securities law, contractual disputes, preemption, false advertising and unfair competition laws, and issues involving the CCPA, California’s Unfair Competition Law, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the False Claims Act, the Stored Communications Act, the TCPA, and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. In the class action context, she has successfully petitioned for appellate review under Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(f) and regularly consults on critical motions practice on class actions in the trial and district court.  A Certified International Privacy Professional -U.S., she also handles privacy- and cybersecurity-related class actions, has helped develop successful strategies for initial challenges to such suits, and has helped companies respond to privacy-related governmental investigations.