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Public Presentation:
   “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

Event Overview:

A presentation by Ambassador Mark P. Lagon, Executive Director of Polaris Project.
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Online Conference:
   “Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking: Collecting Data from Official Sources”

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. EST

This online conference will focus on best practices to collect data from official sources and will provide resources on past and current systems. The discussion will be moderated by Amy Farrell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Criminal Justice and Associate Director, Institute on Race and Justice, Northeastern University and will look at the methodologies used in past and current data collection.
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Panel Presentation:
   “Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism - Consequences in a Global Environment”

Wednesday, March 25th,
4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Malkin Penthouse, Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

What are the arguments surrounding the sale of organs? Where does organ trafficking fit in the human trafficking and modern-day slavery issue? What are possible solutions to organ shortage? How are public policy leaders around the world addressing organ trafficking? Please join the Carr Center and the Division of Global Health and Human Rights at Massachusetts General Hospital for a panel discussion on this growing human rights crisis.
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   “The Economics of Sex Trafficking”
   by Siddharth Kara, author of Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery

Thursday, February 5, 2009
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Malkin Penthouse (Littauer Building, 4th), Harvard Kennedy School

Please join us for a lecture and book signing with Siddharth Kara, author of Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery.
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Public Forum and Book Signing:
   To Plead Our Own Cause: Personal Stories by Today's Slaves
   with Kevin Bales, President, Free the Slaves

December 9, 2008

Kevin Bales, Founder and President of Free the Slaves, a leading nongovernmental organization fighting modern-day slavery, has recently published To Plead Our Own Cause: Personal Stories by Today's Slaves  with Zoe Trodd, currently a Mellon Foundation Fellow who teaches in the History and Literature department at Harvard College.  Both Dr. Bales and Ms. Trodd participated in a discussion focused on the 21 st  century abolitionist movement and what each individual can do to fight slavery, moderated by Dr. Timothy Patrick McCarthy, Lecturer on History and Literature at Harvard College and Adjunct Lecturer on Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School.
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Online Conference:
   “Best Practices to Combat Demand of Sex Trafficking”
   moderated by Michael Shively, Ph.D

November 18, 2008

Event description: The trafficking industry flourishes due to the persistent demand for commercial sex. Robust demand unleashes powerful market forces: the opportunity for profit ensures a steady supply of pimps and traffickers, and there is no domestic or foreign shortage of women and girls in desperate circumstances who are vulnerable to exploitation. What is being done to address the consumer side of this human rights issue? This online conference focused on the best practices to combat the demand of sex trafficking. The discussion was moderated by Michael Shively, Ph.D., Senior Associate, Center on Crime, Drugs, and Justice, Abt Associates, Inc.
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Universal Declaration of Human Rights 60th Anniversary Speaker Series:
   “Article 4, Freedom from Slavery”
   with Dr. Donna Hughes, University of Rhode Island

October 8, 2008 - Harvard Kennedy School

Dr. Donna Hughes will discuss the link between slavery and modern day sex trafficking. Dr. Hughes is the Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair of the Women Studies Program at the University of Rhode Island. She is a leading international researcher on trafficking of women and children. She has completed research on the trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation in the United States, Russia, Ukraine, and Korea.

   Council of Europe: Trends to Address and Eliminate Human Trafficking
   with Gulnara Shahinian, UN Special Rapporteur on Slavery

September 18, 2008 - Harvard Kennedy School

Gulnara Shahinian was the deputy chair of the bureau that created the groundbreaking Council of Europe's Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, the first European treaty of its kind in the field, which entered into force in February of 2008. She will discuss the treaty, in addition to trends, developments, and legislation to address and eliminate human trafficking in Council of Europe member states.

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