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New Webinar:
Best Practices to Combat Human Trafficking in Disaster Zones

May 24, 2010: 2-4 pm (EDT)

~This free event is a Webinar and takes place online. Registration required.~

In the light of the recent earthquake in Haiti, human trafficking has risen to the forefront of global news reports as well as in public policy discourse.

Over the course of the last decade, natural disasters have occurred in varying size and scope leaving many populations increasingly vulnerable to traffickers. Disasters create catastrophic circumstances of chaos, disorganization, and destruction for predatory opportunists to capitalize on these cataclysmic situations.

What can be done to prevent human trafficking of vulnerable populations during a disaster? This Webinar will focus on the best practices to combat trafficking in the wake of natural disasters or other events involving mass casualties. Ambassador Luis CdeBaca of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. State Department, will keynote this special discussion.

The discussion, moderated by Karen McLaughlin, Director of Public Policy, International Organization for Victim Assistance (IOVA), will also feature:

  • Marisa Ferri - Program Officer, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. State Department
  • Jean-Robert Cadet - Author of Restavec and International Child Advocate
  • Susan Martin, Ph.D. - Donald G. Herzberg Chair in International Migration and Director, Institute for the Study of International Migration, Georgetown

Ample time will be allocated for audience Q&A. This Webinar is sponsored by:

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, U.S. State Department
Initiative to Stop Human Trafficking, Harvard Kennedy School
Government Innovators Network, Harvard Kennedy School

Register now - Please fill out some basic information if you are interested in attending.

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