Kayla K. Brochu

MD and DC Staff Attorney

Kayla K. Brochu is an attorney for the Amara Legal Center in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Prior to joining Amara, Kayla served as a federal prosecutor for the United States Department of Justice, where she specialized in criminal cases of human trafficking and tech-facilitated sex crimes against children. After working at the Department of Justice, she went on Vienna, Austria to lead a United Nations initiative on global Internet crimes against children. Since then, in private practice, Kayla has served as a civil attorney for crime victims, including on precedent-setting, class-action matters; as a human-rights immigration attorney for unaccompanied minors, victims of gender-based violence and human trafficking victims; and as an expert witness in such matters. She also previously volunteered as a family court attorney for foster children, including trafficked youth. In addition to working at Amara, Kayla teaches the flagship human trafficking course at The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs.

Kayla earned her law degree from Harvard Law School along with her M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She earned her bachelor’s degree psychology with a focus on the interdisciplinary field of children, psychology and the law from The University of Virginia. She is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, California, multiple federal district and appellate courts as well the Supreme Court of the United States. She is also a member of the National Crime Victims Lawyers Bar Association and the American Association of Justice, Trial Lawyers Association. A native of Maryland, Kayla lived in several cities around the world before recently and delightedly returning home to D.C. metro area, where she lives with her family and growing pack of pets.

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