Josie McKinney to turn out to be Nova Scotia’s first Crown legal professional devoted to human trafficking prosecutions

Josie McKinney to become Nova Scotia's first Crown attorney dedicated to human trafficking prosecutions

McKinney will also train crown attorneys across the province on trafficking issues

Leading Crown Attorney Josie McKinney will be the province's first Crown Attorney dedicated to the prosecution of trafficking.

"I am very pleased that Ms. McKinney was the successful candidate for this very important role as a public prosecutor," said Martin Herschorn, director of the public prosecutor's office. "Ms. McKinny's skills as a prosecutor combined with her extensive experience dealing with vulnerable witnesses and difficult facts make her ideal for this new position."

Ms. McKinney is Mi & # 39; kmaq and Maliseet and a graduate of the Indigenous Black and Mi & # 39; kmaq Initiative at Dalhousie University in Halifax. After graduating from Dalhousie Law School in 2006, Ms. McKinney worked at the Nova Scotia Department of Justice.

In 2007 she joined the legal clinic of the University of Ottawa as the coordinator of the Aboriginal legal department and provided legal advice and representation in criminal law. In certain cases, she supported clients who were accused of criminal offenses under civil law claims due to negligent investigations and unlawful arrests. She also represented clients in the Indian Residential School Settlement's litigation.

In 2011, Ms. McKinney was appointed Crown Attorney at the Prosecutor's Office of Yarmouth and moved to Halifax in 2018. Ms. McKinney has investigated hundreds of criminal cases, including murders, sexual assault, and child baiting. She is a member of the Prosecutor's Office of Sexual Assault Working Group and the Justice and Diversity Committee. Ms. McKinney was the lead author of the recently issued Prosecutor's Guide to "Treating Indigenous Peoples Fairly in Law Enforcement Operations in Nova Scotia."

She regularly gives lectures at educational conferences for crown lawyers and on behalf of the crown for other organizations.

Ms. McKinney is active in the legal community. She is a Halifax representative on the Nova Scotia Barristers & # 39; Society's legal counsel overseeing the regulation of the legal profession and co-chaired the company's Racial Equity Committee. Ms. McKinney is an active volunteer mentor for law students of the Indigenous Black and Mi & # 39; kmaq initiative.

In her new role, Ms. McKinney will focus on trafficking in human beings and train crown attorneys across the province on human trafficking issues. It will work with other judicial partners to tackle the wider problem of human trafficking.

This new position is part of the province's $ 5 million anti-trafficking initiative, which also includes an increased focus on investigating these cases and helping victims and their families.

Ms. McKinney begins her new role on July 14th.