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NPR Morning Edition: new book details how prosecutors took down sex trafficking site

“Maggy Krell knew it wasn’t going to be just another case. The former California state prosecutor was going after one of the largest sex trafficking websites in the world. It was called Backpage, and in large part because of Krell’s effort, it’s been shut down since 2018.” | January 12, 2022, interview with NPR’s Rachel Martin

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Washington Post: Maxwell conviction a symbolic win for sex abuse survivors, advocates say

“‘The fact that Epstein’s conduct was worse than Maxwell’s doesn’t alleviate her of accountability either morally or legally,’ said Maggy Krell, a California-based former sex trafficking prosecutor and author of “Taking Down Backpage: Fighting the World’s Largest Sex Trafficker,” which will be released next month. ‘Maxwell enabled the sexual abuse by targeting, recruiting and grooming these victims, and she knowingly aided in their suffering,’ Krell added.”| December 30, 2021

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NBCNews Think: Maxwell’s guilty verdict exposes defense’s victim blaming disgrace by Maggy Krell

“Maxwell’s defense strategy hinged on blaming, shaming and dismantling the testimony of four women… But that’s a strategy that doesn’t appear to be as effective as it once was.” | December 29, 2021

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NBC News: Ghislane Maxwell’s trial exposes classic sex trafficker playbook by Maggy Krell

“But like many alleged predators, Epstein and Maxwell may have underestimated the courage of their victims. The survivors who have come forward in this case not only take the stand to hold Maxwell accountable, but also to expose the manipulative tactics of traffickers everywhere. Hopefully this both validates and encourages other survivors to report abuse and gives young people insight into what to watch out for.” | December 10, 2021

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USA Today: Facebook papers reveal company knew it profited from sex trafficking but took limited action to stop it

“‘Facebook can’t stick its head in the sand. Once on notice that its site is being used to traffic someone, they must act’ said Maggy Krell, who worked on sex trafficking cases as a former supervising deputy attorney general in California, including one against Backpage.com that ultimately led to its closure.” | October 27, 2021

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CNN: The Kamala Harris you don’t know

“…one of Harris’s deputies, Maggy Krell, embarked on an investigation into Backpage that found several minors who had been pimped using ads from the site…federal authorities shut down the site and brought criminal charges against several of its executives. Backpage was no more, in no small part because the investigation began when [Harris] was California’s attorney general.” | January 21, 2021

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Los Angeles Times: Sex-trafficked and imprisoned, California woman wins freedom after long fight

“‘This is bigger than one case’,” Krell said. “‘Keiana has already told me about some of the people she’s left behind. We need to continue to work vigilantly to prevent sex trafficking but also create a better off ramp for girls like Keiana who slide down this insidious pipeline from sex abuse to prison.’” | November 6, 2020

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The Washington Post: How California is failing vulnerable victims by Maggy Krell

“California is still failing some of society’s most vulnerable victims of systemic racism: Black women and girls who are exploited through sex trafficking, their lives damaged further by a legal system that too often treats survivors as criminals.”| October 28, 2020

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Austin American Statesman: Family Separation policies don’t make us safer, they just make us heartless by Maggy Krell

“The damage of a policy evincing such a brute level of disregard for families, targeting the universal bond between parent and child, cannot be forgotten. The ends do not justify the means. It must serve as a constant reminder for us as a nation to safeguard justice and vigilantly protect the most vulnerable…Trump’s policies don’t make us safer, they just make us heartless.” | October 8, 2020

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Capital Public Radio

Krell discusses sexual assault investigations and law enforcement’s role | July 20, 2020

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CAP Impact Supreme Court Discussion

Krell discusses the Supreme Court’s decision in June Medical Services | July 1, 2020

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Los Angeles Times: Refugee mothers separated at border to sue Trump

Discusses Krell’s work at the Texas-Mexico border helping to re-unite separated refugee families | July 17, 2019

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Sacramento News and Review

“‘Every mom’s worst nightmare’: A Sacramento attorney helped a migrant family separated at the Texas border. Here’s what their story says about the president’s return to an inhumane policy” | August 29, 2019

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NBC KCRA-TV Channel 3

“California attorneys head to border to help migrants.” Story highlighting Krell’s pro bono representation of an immigrant mom and her son who were separated and detained when crossing the border | June 29, 2018

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The Sacramento Bee

“Planned Parenthood California brings on a ‘tenacious fighter’ to take on Trump” profile and video interview on Maggy Krell | March 7, 2018

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Capital Public Radio Insight Special

“Experts React to Senate Judiciary Hearing on Dr. Ford’s Allegations of Sexual Assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh” | September 28, 2018

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KSRO Radio

“One of the biggest cheers of the night also went to Maggy Krell, Chief Legal Counsel of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, and someone who will most assuredly be busy throughout the legals battles to come. ‘Let me be clear, abortion is health care,” said Krell, “and health care is under assault like never before’” | June 1, 2019

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The Washington Post: Backpage CEO Carl Ferrer pleads guilty in three states, agrees to testify against other website officials

“‘This is such an important step forward for the many people who’ve been combatting human trafficking’ said Maggy Krell, a former assistant attorney general in California who worked on the case…’there is no one in the entire world who made more money off of sex trafficking than the owners of this website.’” | April 13, 2018

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