Shea M. Rhodes, Esquire

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Choice v. Culpability: Selling or Buying Sex


  • Director and Co-Founder of the Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation
  • Dedicated her career to combating violence against women, protecting the rights of those oppressed or exploited, and championing human rights
  • Serves as the statewide legal expert on Pennsylvania laws related to sex trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation
  • Member of several anti-trafficking initiatives, including Philadelphia’s Anti-Trafficking Coalition, the Pennsylvania Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy Work Group (PAHTAWG) and Shared Hope International’s JuST Response Council
  • Sits on the Board of Directors for Dawn’s Place, a residential treatment program for women who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking
  • Served the Philadelphia community as Assistant District Attorney for nearly ten years
  • Served as staff attorney for the Crime Victim’s Law Project
  • Graduate of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and the University of Kansas