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Dykema team secures restitution in pro bono case

Working pro bono, Bonnie Mayfield and Heidi Naasko led the team that secured a nearly $225,000 restitution award for a victim of human trafficking

Dykema Gossett member Bonnie Mayfield

Working pro bono, Dykema Gossett member Bonnie Mayfield and pro bono and diversity counsel Heidi Naasko led the team that secured a nearly $225,000 restitution award for a victim of human trafficking. The award compensates the victim, who was a minor at the time of the crime, for several years of physical and mental abuse, according to the firm. The trafficker, who is currently imprisoned for these and other crimes, initially began communicating with the victim as part of an immigration scam. The defendant plans to appeal.

“This case was really rewarding because I was able to help someone subjected to inhumane treatment as a child,” Mayfield, a member of the Litigation and Labor & Employment Law practice groups, told WIPL. “This case reminded me of my first interview for a legal job wherein I was asked: ‘What makes you angry and gets your blood boiling?’ My response was: ‘Man’s inhumanity to man.’”

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Amy I. Stickel

Amy I. Stickel has extensive experience covering the legal, financial and pharmaceutical industries as a writer and editor. A past managing editor of Corporate Legal Times and...

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