This free, online event was held on April 15, 2008, and was convened by the Ash Center's Government Innovators Network and the Initiative on the Trafficking of Women & Girls (part of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School). Please visit the event page to access the slide presentations and resources associated with this webinar.

Event description: Sex trafficking is an international crisis, and a rising global health concern. A study conducted by Dr. Jay Silverman of the Harvard School of Public Health (2007) found that 38 percent of trafficked victims repatriated to Nepal were positive for the HIV virus. For those victims forced into prostitution under the age of 15 years, the infection rate exceeded 60 percent.

The webinar was co-moderated by Ambassador Swanee Hunt and Ambassador John Miller with panelists Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Dr. Mohamed Mattar, and Congresswoman Linda Smith.