Kayla K Brochu

Lecturer of International Affairs
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Areas of Expertise

Human trafficking, child protection, workers’ rights, women’s rights & economic development, immigration policy, and the interdisciplinary field of human rights & business

Kayla K. Brochu (née Bakshi) is a lecturer on Human Trafficking at the Elliott School of International Affairs. She is a veteran trial attorney and global policy expert on human trafficking and child protection. Related areas of expertise and research interests include workers’ rights, women’s rights & economic development, immigration policy, and the interdisciplinary field of human rights & business.

Before joining the faculty of The George Washington University, Ms. Brochu served as a federal prosecutor for the United States Department of Justice from 2002 to 2011, where she specialized in human trafficking and child exploitation cases. From 2011 to 2014, she served as an Expert for the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria. For that role, she shared her subject matter expertise on the intersection of technology and child abuse, exploitation, and trafficking. She also authored the United Nations’ comprehensive report on the subject. Ms. Brochu advises philanthropic organizations including the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation on multi-million dollar donations to various anti-trafficking organizations around the world. She also serves as pro bono counsel to foster children in Philadelphia and for unaccompanied migrant children.

Ms. Brochu previously instructed at the FBI Academy, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, and conferences for government officials and law enforcement agents in more than 20 countries. Ms. Brochu was a member of the experts’ panel for the initiative to develop a model international child protection law led by the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She also served as a subject matter expert for the Urban Institute’s research initiatives on human trafficking in the United States. She currently trains immigration lawyers on trafficking visas and other forms of human-rights based immigration relief in addition to teaching at GW.

She earned her law degree from Harvard Law School, a Masters of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of Virginia. She is a member of the bar for the states of California and Pennsylvania. She is admitted to practice in multiple federal district and circuit courts as well as the Supreme Court of the United States.