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.
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 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
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