Ann Johnson - Human Trafficking in Houston

October 11, 2018



Ann Johnson is a nationally recognized human trafficking expert providing testimony before the United States Congress, and training to local, state and federal law enforcement officers and the judiciary. Ms. Johnson earned a BA degree from the University of Texas and her law degree from South Texas College of Law Houston. She worked as a briefing attorney for the Honorable Leslie Brock Yates, then a Justice on the Fourteenth Court of Appeals following graduation. She then worked as a prosecutor with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office until 2005, when she then entered private practice with her father, Jake, at Johnson Law Firm PC. She was a founding member of the GIRLS Court, a special court dedicated to assisting children lawfully brought to the juvenile justice system who may also be victims of human trafficking. Ms. Johnson also pursued an active appellate practice. One of her most significant cases was In re B.W., in which the Texas Supreme Court reversed the Harris County District Attorney’s prosecution of a 13-year-old child for prostitution and created a framework for protecting child victims of exploitation and human trafficking. Ms. Johnson returned to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in 2013 as the Human Trafficking Specialist, and her work eventually led to the establishment of the Human Trafficking Section where she served as the Chief until 2017. Today, Ms. Johnson is a founding member in private practice at Johnson Martinez LLC. She is also an adjunct professor of law at South Texas College of Law Houston. She teaches courses on voir dire and jury communication, trial skills, and mock trial litigation. She is also an active member of the Texas Children’s Justice Act Task Force.