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Mary Leary

Mary G. Leary, J.D.


Phone: 202-319-6612

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• Exploitation of Children and Women
• Human Trafficking
• Criminal Procedure
• Fourth Amendment and Technology
• Child Pornography
• Family and Interpersonal Violence
• Criminal Law

School: Columbus School of Law

Media Appearances

  • July 14, 2015

    Arlington Catholic Herald

    On human trafficking: “We can all sprinkle pixie dust and make Congress useful — or somewhat useful — but that means nothing without a paradigm shift,” said Mary Leary, a law professor at Catholic University in Washington during the morning plenary at the 2015 Conference on Human Trafficking, “Answering Pope Francis’ Call: An American Catholic Response to Modern-day Slavery.”

  • February 27, 2015

    New Boston Post

    Leary published an op-ed on corporations who claim to be protecting privacy.

  • February 2, 2015

    The Observer

    On the cost of pornography to society: Language communicates values and morals. You call something ‘child pornography,’ a seemingly innocuous term that creates the suggestion that it’s pornography with young-looking adults. It’s not. It’s a child sex abuse image.

  • December 23, 2014

    National Catholic Register

    Leary was interviewed on recent cases of excessive force and how to improve the justice system.

  • September 4, 2014


    Are people who looked at McKayla Maroney’s underage photos guilty of looking at child pornography?

  • April 21, 2014

    New York Times

    Leary was quoted in a story about fighting an array of sex crimes.

  • December 14, 2011

    Diane Rhem Show WAMU 88.5 | NPR

    Leary participated in a program about the case against former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky who was charged with sexually abusing 10 boys. She spoke about the troubling questions raised by this case about child sex abuse generally, including just how prevalent it is, how it's reported, and the help available to victims.

Leading authority on the prosecution of child abuse
Leary is a former prosecutor and is the former director of the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse at the NDAA and a consultant for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

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