Founder and Secretary-General, Lawyers for Trafficked Victims
Ryoko is a practising lawyer in Japan, specialising in family law and immigration law. In addition to her daily practice, Ryoko has been passionately working on human trafficking cases on a pro-bono basis. She is a founder and a Secretary-General of the lawyers’ group Lawyers for Trafficked Victims (LTV) in Japan, whose main aim is to provide legal assistance for victims of trafficking.
She has represented several foreign victims of trafficking, who ended up in sexual exploitation in Japan, in a lawsuit against perpetrators, claiming the payment of unpaid wages and compensation for damages. She has also assisted victims of trafficking who were brought to Japan as ‘Japanese Spouses’ by the use of a fraudulent marriage scheme, by nullifying their marriages. Her work has extended to organising awareness-raising seminars and network-building with relevant groups in and outside of Japan.