Friday, March 18, 2016

Human Trafficking: Lifting the Veil on Modern-Day Slavery Panel at ACIR

A few months ago I was asked to moderate a panel titled "Human Trafficking: Lifting the Veil on Modern-Day Slavery" for the Atlanta Council on International Relations that included Susan Coppedge the Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. Department of State and Camila Wright the Human Trafficking Prosecutor, Georgia Office of the Attorney General. The panel took place today and the whole event was such a great opportunity that I kept pinching myself because I did not really believe it was real.

Here I am giving some introductory remarks on human trafficking and the scope of the crime around the world and in Georgia. Then I followed that up with some overarching themes from both speakers and finally a call to action to the participants and the Georgia Cares 24 hour hotline 1-844-8GA-DMST. I was able to meet so many different people and see a number of familiar faces from the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force.

This is me speaking to Blegina Agolli from the Albanian Ministry of Justice.
This is me and Ambassador Coppedge who invited to the unveiling of the 2016 Trafficking In Persons Report this summer while I am in DC which is basically equivalent to the NFL draft for anti-trafficking researchers like me!
The view of downtown Atlanta from the venue at the City Club of Buckhead.

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