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Study of the American Experience

Human Trafficking: A Global and Local Challenge, a Public Conversation with Dr. Louise Shelley, Dr. Andrea Lange, Dr. Christine Wade, and senior Elizabeth Hilton

Date: 6:30pm EDT October 22, 2013

Series highlights issues of past and present-day human trafficking.

     Renowned scholar and author Dr. Louise Shelley of George Mason University will join Washington College’s very own experts Dr. Andrea Lange, Dr. Christine Wade, and Elizabeth Hilton ‘14 in a public conversation on the growing problem of human trafficking locally and globally. Each participant will make a brief presentation of her research and experiences in anti-trafficking efforts, followed by a moderated conversation with the audience. 
     Dr. Louise Shelley is the author of the book Human Trafficking (2010 Cambridge University Press), an examination of all forms of human trafficking globally, revealing the operations of the trafficking business and the nature of the traffickers themselves. Using a historical and comparative perspective, Shelley demonstrates that there is more than one business model of human trafficking and that there are enormous variations in human trafficking in different regions of the world. The book draws on a wide body of academic research - actual prosecuted cases, diverse reports, and field work and interviews conducted by the Shelley in Asia, Latin America, Africa, Europe, and the former socialist countries.
     This event is sponsored by the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience at Washington College and is the third in a series highlighting issues of past and present-day human trafficking. 
     The series culminates on Nov. 21 at 5:30 p.m. in Litrenta Lecture Hall with the visit of Asia Graves, a trafficking survivor who is now the Maryland Outreach, Services Coordinator, and Survivor Advocate for FAIR Girls, a Washington-based NGO dedicated to preventing the exploitation of girls worldwide through empowerment and education.
     The fall trafficking series was developed in conjunction with a first-year Global Research and Writing course at the College, in which students are exploring connections between past and present forms of slavery and are partnering with Lincoln’s Cottage Museum in Washington, DC, to help convert a display on human trafficking into a traveling exhibit that will visit college campuses nationwide.