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Elliott Prasse Freeman Elliott Prasse-Freeman is was an Associate Research Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University in 2009. During that time, his work involved researching human rights movements; human trafficking/modern day slavery; and state power, development assistance, and human rights in Burma/Myanmar. An honors graduate of Harvard College, Prasse-Freeman spent five years working in international development for various agencies from the UN to international NGOs. He began working in communications and advocacy for a human rights organization focusing on ethnic cleansing in eastern Burma. He then lived in Burma for one year and worked for the United Nations system (UNICEF and UNDP), and then in Thailand for three years, where he was the Regional Project Coordinator for the International NGO Education Development Center (EDC). There, he managed domestic projects and also conducted regular field visits to China, India, Lao, Cambodia and Vietnam. His work for EDC also allowed him to participate in global initiatives, including consulting for PEPFAR (President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief) and special assignments such as disaster recovery after the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2005. In May 2008, Prasse-Freeman returned to Burma after the devastating Cyclone Nargis, helping to coordinate the UN's early recovery efforts. His professional and research interests include public health (HIV/AIDS), microenterprise and microfinance, educational access, development, and human rights.

Ben Skinner E. Benjamin Skinner, currently a Carr Center Fellow, was raised in Wisconsin and northern Nigeria where his father served as a British colonial administrator. Ben first learned about slavery as a child in Quaker meeting. In 2003, as a writer on assignment in Sudan for Newsweek International, Skinner met his first survivor of slavery. Having flown in along with an Evangelical group, purporting to buy slaves en masse to secure their freedom, he hitched a ride on a U.N. Cessna to the frontlines of the north-south Sudanese civil war. There he met Muong Nyong. Like Skinner, Nyong was 27 at the time, yet unlike Skinner, he had spent the first part of his life in bondage. Since that time, Skinner has traveled the globe to find others like Nyong, a task which would prove to be the most daunting challenge of his professional life. Going undercover when necessary, he has infiltrated trafficking networks and slave quarries, urban child markets and illegal brothels. In the process, he has become the first person in history to observe the sales of human beings on four continents. His book, A Crime So Monstrous tells the stories of the lives of a few of these slaves, as well as of his own often harrowing encounters with those who sell, own, and free them.

    Past Research Associates & Interns

Matilda Mutanguha Matilda Mutanguha was a Research Associate with the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery throughout the 2010-11 academic year. Ms. Mutanguha was a graduate of Suffolk University Law School. She received her undergraduate degree from Salve Regina University where she was recognized as a woman of courage and wisdom for her work with genocide widows and orphans in her home country Rwanda. Ms. Mutanguha spent her summer before college reporting on the plight of women in post-genocide Rwanda in furtherance of her role as a Gender, Legal, and Human Rights journalist for Rwanda's English newspaper, The New Times. She dealt with immigration and family law issues as a Massachusetts Bar Foundation Legal Intern Fellow and was the recipient of the National Association of Women Judges Ruth I. Abrams Scholarship in recognition of her work in trying to address the adversities that women face in the legal profession. Ms. Mutanguha is passionate about human rights and after interning at the Office of the Prosecutor within the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, she became particularly interested in the rehabilitation of post-conflict judicial systems. [[ Dynamic data was lost here ]]

Chloe Safier Chloe Safier is an was Intern with the Carr Center Human Rights and Social Movements Program and the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. At the time, Ms. Safier was a second year MA candidate at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard. She received her undergraduate degree from Wesleyan University, where she completed her thesis work on the subject of women's rights and sexual harassment legislation in the Israeli military. She then worked in Boston for the Jewish Community Relations Council, organizing young adults around local social justice issues including healthcare, human trafficking, and prison reform. She has studied Hebrew and Spanish, and is currently learning Arabic. She studies human rights, gender equality, and immigration issues in the Middle East, including the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and trafficking victims.

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