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July 11, 2018

Boyle Presents at ICSA

On July 6, 2018, Professor Robin Boyle presented at the annual conference for International Cultic Studies Association (“ICSA”), which was held in Philadelphia, PA.  BoyleThe conference drew 200 attendees from various countries, including lawyers, mental health professionals, medical doctors, sociologists, academics, and former (and current) cult members.

Professor Boyle’s presentation focused on criminal and civil legal strategies that can be used to litigate against cults as well as legal theories in the civil context that can be used by former cult members to seek remedies.  Her talk highlighted the recent federal case filed against Nxivm, a purported self-help organization.  In April, Nxivm’s founder, Keith Raniere, and actress Allison Mack were indicted for sex trafficking and forced labor conspiracy.

Professor Boyle is on the editorial board of ICSA’s International Journal of Cultic Studies. She lectures on topics concerning cults and the law.  Her recent article, Employing Trafficking Laws to Capture Elusive Leaders of Destructive Cults, published by the Oregon Review of International Law (2016), was reprinted in the International Journal of Cultic Studies (2018).

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