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Confronting Modern-Day Slavery
Location: John S. Toll Science Center
CHESTERTOWN, MD—The second installment in Washington College’s Human Trafficking Series will be a public conversation entitled “Human Trafficking: A Global and Local Challenge” slated for Tuesday, Oct. 22. Renowned scholar and author Louise Shelley will join Washington College assistant dean Andrea Lange, professor Christine Wade and senior Elizabeth Hilton to discuss the growing problem of human trafficking. Each participant will make a brief presentation of her research and experience in anti-trafficking efforts, followed by a moderated conversation with the audience. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. in Litrenta Lecture Hall, Toll Science Center.
Louise Shelley is the founder and director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at George Mason University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She is the author of Human Trafficking (2010), an examination of all forms of human trafficking globally. Drawing on her research and fieldwork around the world, the book reveals the operations of the trafficking business and the nature of the traffickers themselves, highlighting enormous variations in human trafficking in different regions.
Andrea Lange is a former Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Washington College who now serves as assistant dean for academic initiatives. She has published several articles on identifying victims of human trafficking. Christine Wade is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies and serves as the Acting Director of International Studies and Curator of the Louis L. Goldstein ’35 Program in Public Affairs. She teaches a course on Human Rights and Social Justice. Elizabeth Hilton ’14 is a Political Science major researching human trafficking in post-conflict situations. Last spring she was an organizer of an awareness campaign highlighting issues of human trafficking and modern-day slavery. That student-led campaign collected bras that went to former sex slaves in Mozambique, who could then sell them for income.
Sponsored by the C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, the fall series highlights the issues of past and present-day human trafficking. The series concludes Nov. 21 at 5:30 in Litrenta Lecture Hall with a talk by human-trafficking survivor Asia Graves, who now works to help other victims through the FAIR Girls organization.