LOUISVILLE (Dec. 6, 2016) – Marisa E. Main, an attorney at Dinsmore & Shohl, was honored recently for her commitment to ending human trafficking. Main received the Liberation Award from Kentucky Rescue and Restore at a ceremony on Dec. 1 at the Marriott Griffin Gate and Spa in Lexington.
The Liberation Award honors individuals, agencies and community advocates who have made a significant impact in the effort against human trafficking throughout Kentucky by raising awareness or providing assistance to victims.
“We are so grateful for the work Marisa has provided. She has taken on challenging cases and changed lives as a result, fighting hard for victims of human trafficking and working endless hours on their behalf,” said Marissa Castellanos, Human Trafficking Program Manager with Kentucky Rescue and Restore and the Catholic Charities of Louisville.
According to Castellanos, Dinsmore is only the second organization in Liberation Award history to have three different individuals honored as recipients, which includes former Dinsmore attorney and current U.S. Magistrate Judge Colin H. Lindsey.
“This is indicative of the tremendous commitment of Dinsmore as a firm to engaging in charitable work in our community, specifically in regards to assisting survivors of human trafficking,” said Castellanos. “Dinsmore believes, as we do, that just because someone doesn’t have the means to afford the best legal representation available, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t have access to the best legal representation available.”
Kentucky Rescue and Restore is a statewide program that combats human trafficking in the United States and focuses on education, outreach and victim services. According to Main, clearing up myths and misinformation is crucial to addressing the issue.
“A lot of people aren’t aware that human trafficking still occurs. Either they don’t think it’s happening, or they don’t want to think it’s happening. The best thing we can do is raise awareness of the crimes occurring in our community,” said Main. “Working on these cases is a great experience for me as an attorney, but more importantly it allows me to give back and help the people who need it most.”
Main practices in the Litigation Department with a focus on commercial litigation. She represents clients in state and federal courts regarding matters in product liability, personal injury, insurance defense and toxic tort. Main earned her J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law with summa cum laude honors.
“Marisa is an extremely talented attorney, but her talent is outweighed by her compassion, courage, and heart for others,” said John Selent, Louisville Office Managing Partner. “She is doing astounding work to combat the evil forces of human trafficking that exist in our community, and we are extremely proud of this most recent recognition.”
More information on the Liberation Award is available on the Kentucky Rescue and Restore website.