Professor Kate Nace Day honored for documentary on sex trafficking that features Boston survivor

Suffolk Law is pleased to announce that Kate Nace Day, Professor of Law and first-time filmmaker, has been honored with the 2014 Exceptional Merit in Media Award by the National Women’s Political Caucus for A Civil Remedy, her film on sex trafficking in Massachusetts. The film is an Official Selection of the United Nations Association 2014 International Documentary Film Festival. The documentary tells the story of one American girl who was trafficked for sex in Boston at seventeen. Watch the film’s trailer here.

"The EMMA is a great honor that will bring the film to the attention of a larger audience,” said Nace Day. "Many people don’t know the facts about domestic sex trafficking - how young the girls are when they are first enslaved, the violence used to keep them enslaved. I hope that hearing directly from an American girl who was trafficked for sex in Boston will awaken people to the fate of thousands of American girls, help us all see these victims as the girls next door, and inspire changes in our culture, our politics, and our civil and criminal laws."


A Civil Remedy was produced by Film and Law Productions, the independent film production company Nace Day founded with her husband Professor Russell Murphy.

The other winners in the Television and Documentary category were the BBC for Fergal Keane’s report Human Cost of Syria's Civil War, and Inside Edition for Lisa Guerrero’s news segment Justice for Juliette.

In announcing the EMMA nominations, the National Women’s Political Caucus wrote: The Exceptional Merit Media Awards (EMMAs) were created by the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) in 1986 to honor and reward journalists and media outlets in radio, television, print and the internet that inform and educate the public about critical issues that impact women’s lives.

The Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys’ (MATA) awarded Film and Law Productions their 2014 Media Award in recognition of the shared ideals of “our organizations to use the civil justice system to get redress for trafficking survivors.”

In 2013, Nace Day was honored as one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Top 50 Women of Law for her use of documentary film in law teaching, advocacy and law reform. Nace Day graduated from Lawrence High School and lives in Woods Hole, MA.