Maggy Krell, Former Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, CA Department of Justice
Former Anti-Trafficking Coordinator, CA Department of JusticeMaggy Krell is currently Chief Legal Counsel at Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. In this capacity, she provides legal and strategic advice to the CEO and Board of Directors on a wide range of state and federal policy issues, manages the organization’s litigation, and oversees the legal and health center affairs teams. Maggy has designed and lead human trafficking training for health center staff, submitted briefing to the United States Supreme Court on key issues impacting patients and health centers, and helped craft the organization’s strategy for withstanding federal funding cuts.
Maggy started her career as a prosecutor, serving as a deputy district attorney in San Joaquin County before moving up the ranks at the Attorney General’s Office. Maggy has secured convictions against criminals throughout California in high-profile cases including murder, human trafficking, domestic violence, white collar crime, and mortgage fraud. She was also cross designated as a federal prosecutor by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Maggy’s most notable accomplishments stem from her tireless efforts to combat human trafficking and protect and empower victims. She was the lead prosecutor on the notorious “Backpage” case, where she prosecuted owners of a website who knowingly facilitated the sex trafficking of vulnerable teenagers and earned millions of dollars doing so. She also prosecuted the first of its kind Jane Doe pimping cases, using novel legal and investigative strategies to prosecute the suspects without victim cooperation.
Maggy received the City of Long Beach IMPACT award for a successful human trafficking prosecution with local law enforcement and the Anti-Defamation League’s prestigious Sherwood Prize for combatting hate and bigotry. She also assisted in crafting a human trafficking prevention strategy for public schools and advocating for a state law which now requires its implementation.
Before leaving DOJ to become Planned Parenthood’s chief counsel, Maggy served as Supervising Deputy Attorney General to the Fraud and Special Prosecutions Unit. This unit is an elite team of attorneys and investigators who prosecute complex and multi- jurisdictional cases throughout the state.
Maggy received her B.A. at U.C. San Diego and her law degree at U.C. Davis, King Hall School of Law.