On March 25, 2021, the Compliance, Investigations & Corporate Responsibility Program at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law will be holding the virtual program, Business Accountability for Human Rights: What Companies Are Doing to Address Human Rights Violations. Speaker and moderator information is below the registration form.

This program will be the third of three which will culminate in a conference on Business Accountability for Human Rights at The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law in Fall 2021.


Business Accountability for Human Rights: Social Responsibility and Small Business

The discussion will run from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (ET) on March 25, 2021.


Tara Giunta

Tara K. Giunta ’86

Tara K. Giunta, a litigation partner with Paul Hastings LLP, is Vice Chair of the firm’s Investigations and White Collar Defense practice, which is routinely recognized by the Global Investigations Review (GIR) as a leading investigations practice and one of a handful of global “elite” FCPA practice groups. Ms. Giunta advises clients on fraud, waste and abuse, as well as on environmental, social and governance (ESG) and human rights issues. Ms. Giunta is Co-Lead of the firm’s ESG Risk, Strategy and Compliance practice group. She advises C-suites and boards in identifying and mitigating risks, developing and enhancing compliance programs, investigating and remediating wrongdoing and/or internal control weaknesses, and conducting compliance-related due diligence in M&A and other commercial transactions. Her work has spanned the globe, performing risk assessments, conducting investigations and rolling out comprehensive compliance programs in Africa, the Middle East, South America, and Asia.

Ms. Giunta was recognized by GIR in its inaugural Women in Investigations list, which recognized 100 women across the globe who are “achieving great things in a competitive and notoriously tough area of law.” She is also Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Diversity Council and Chair of the firm’s Women’s Initiative. Ms. Giunta is Founder and Editor of the firm’s publication, Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Boardroom, now in its Fifth Edition, and speaks often on corporate governance, compliance and internal investigations, as well as on board diversity. Ms. Giunta was a recipient of Corporate Counsel’s 2019 Women, Influence & Power in Law Awards under the Thought Leadership category. 

Heather Fischer

Heather C. Fischer

Heather C. Fischer is Special Liaison for Global Strategy, Anti-Human Trafficking and Exploitation with The Knoble and a senior advisor for human trafficking in the Philanthropy sector. Before joining the Knoble, Fischer served as the first-ever White House special advisor for human trafficking. During her detail assignment from the US Department of Justice to the White House, she served as the human trafficking coordinator for the Executive Office of the President components, the federal interagency, and the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons to prevent and address all forms of human trafficking.

Prior to her role at the White House, Fischer served as special advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large in the Office of the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP) at the US Department of State.

Fischer previously served on the US Department of Homeland Security-led Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force, US Department of Homeland Security Forced Labor Ad Hoc Work Group, the Washington, DC, New York Capital Region and Southern Tier Anti-Trafficking task forces, Connecticut Bar Association Special Committee on Sex Trafficking of Children, Department of Justice Civil Rights Community Working Group, and Twitter Trust & Safety Council.


Sarah Duggin
Professor Sarah Duggin
Professor Duggin is the Director of the Compliance, Investigations & Corporate Responsibility Program at Catholic Law. Sarah Duggin teaches Corporations, Constitutional law, and Compliance and Corporate Responsibility. Prior to joining the CUA faculty, she served as General Counsel of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak), Chief Legal Officer of the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and as a partner at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Williams & Connolly.