Friday, April 6, 2012

Go On! Ending Human Trafficking, or Something Else?

"Ending Human Trafficking, or Something Else?" is the title of a conference I am co-organizing on behalf to the Open Society Foundations and the Women and the Law Program at American University Washington College of Law. The conference will be held at the Open Society Foundations office in Washington DC, on April 13, 2012 (9am-12:30pm).
This event aims to probe deeper into just how governments and advocates define the problem of trafficking, and how these different perspectives play out on the ground. For example, does “trafficking” encompass all forced labor? Does “trafficking” encompass all acts involving the sale of sex? Are these conceptions of trafficking consistent with international anti-trafficking law – and does that even matter? How have these perspectives shaped advocacy efforts on the ground? Most importantly, have these interventions brought us any closer to a world without trafficking.
The conference opens with a keynote address from U.S. Ambassador-at-Large on Human Trafficking, Luis CdeBaca, who will discuss the U.S. government’s efforts to combat trafficking worldwide and provide insight into how the concept of “trafficking” has evolved within the U.S. Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Following the keynote will be two moderated panel discussions with experts in the trafficking field, including rights advocates, policymakers, and academics.
The first panel
explores the connection between trafficking and forced labor, and the benefits and drawbacks of addressing trafficking through a labor-migration lens. The panel assesses labor advocates’ increasing reliance on anti-trafficking tools to address broader labor exploitation, and anti-trafficking advocates’ parallel efforts to utilize labor-migration frameworks as a means of preventing trafficking. Speakers include: IntLawGrrl Anne Gallagher, Legal Expert, ASEAN Adviser, and consultant to the United Nations; former Adviser on Trafficking to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Neha Misra, Senior Specialist, Migration and Human Trafficking, Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO; Roger Plant, Independent Consultant; former Head of Program, ILO Special Action Program to Combat Forced Labour; Jennifer Rosenbaum, Legal Director, National Guestworker Alliance; and IntLawGrrl Janie Chuang, Open Society Foundations Fellow and Associate Professor of Law, Washington College of Law (moderator).
The second panel assesses “end demand” campaigns that are primarily focused on abolishing prostitution by criminalizing the consumers of commercial sex. The panel will explore the evidence available about the effectiveness of end-demand policies on reducing trafficking into the sex sector, as well as their impact on other marginalized communities. Speakers include: Pye Jakobsson, Expert Consultant, Harm Reduction International, and founder of Rose Alliance; Lisa Kelly, S.J.D. candidate, Harvard Law School; Andrea Ritchie, Director, Streetwise & Safe; former Director, Sex Workers Project, Urban Justice Center; Noy Thrupkaew, journalist & Open Society Foundations Fellow; Denise Brennan, Chair, Department of Anthropology, Georgetown University (moderator).
For more information and registration, please visit this website.

1 comment:

Stop Slavery 2014 said...

Dear Friends,
Google claims its unofficial motto is “Don’t be evil,” yet it has made substantial profits from online advertising that includes adult advertisements showing the tell-tale signs of human trafficking as well as other illegal activities, says the National Association of Human Trafficking Victim Advocates, WNN - Women News Network, and 37 anti-trafficking organizations. Given you have reported on this and similar issues, I thought you might be interested in learning more.

To call on Google to stop this practice, the organizations will hold a demonstration before theNational Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Presidential Initiative Summit, “Pillars of Hope – Attorneys General United Against Human Trafficking” on March 29th at 4 PM at Westlake Square (6th Ave & Stewart St, Seattle). In addition, the organizations will release a letter to NAAG imploring them to demand Google stop profiting from advertisements and investigate its contribution to the $32 billion global human trafficking industry.

Are you interested in attending the rally on March 29th and/ or learning more about how Google’s business practices have supported human trafficking? Please contact me or by phone at (888)-206-3264. For additional information I have included the press release announcing the letter and demonstration.


Philip J. Cenedella
National Association of Human Trafficking Victim Advocates
1915 Cable St. / PO Box 7432
Ocean Beach, California 92107 USA
888.206.3264 office
619.886.1465 cell!/philcenedella