Public Presentation by Ambassador Mark P. Lagon:
Fighting Human Trafficking:
Global Trends, Other Governments’ Efforts,
and U.S. Diplomatic Leadership
Thursday, May 7, 2009
10:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
Belfer Center Library, Littauer Building, Room 369
Harvard Kennedy School
Ambassador Mark P. Lagon is Executive Director of Polaris Project, a leading anti-human
trafficking nonprofit running the primary national hotline, the National Human Trafficking
Resource Center (1-888-3737-888).
Previously he was Ambassador-at-Large and Director of
the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP). In this capacity, he was
Chair of the Senior Policy Operating Group coordinating U.S. agencies domestic and global
anti-trafficking policy. From 2004 to 2007, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of
State for International Organization Affairs, responsible for U.S. human rights, humanitarian,
and reform policy at the UN. He served on Secretary of State Colin Powell's Policy Planning
Staff from 2002 until 2004.
From 1999 to 2002, he was a senior staff member at the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee, responsible for UN, sanctions, and human rights policy. Previously
he was Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow specializing in China policy,
Deputy Staff Director of the House Republican Policy Committee, and chief aide to the Foreign
Policy Studies Director at the American Enterprise Institute.
He has also been a visiting and
adjunct professor at Georgetown University and the Institute of World Politics. He is author
of the book, The Reagan Doctrine: Sources of American Conduct in the Cold War’s Last Chapter.
Ambassador Lagon has a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University and a B.A. from
Co-sponsored with the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs