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Conference: Human Trafficking: An Epidemic of Contemporary Slavery


Wednesday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave. N.E.
Washington, D.C.

Morning sessions at the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center’s Great Room B
Afternoon sessions at Caldwell Hall auditorium

DETAILS: In a daylong conference, policy experts and survivors will discuss the issue of trafficking in human persons.

9:30 a.m. Welcome, opening remarks, and invocation

9:45 a.m. Panel discussion with four survivors of torture, moderated by Demissie Abebe, director of Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition

11:15 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. Keynote address by Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, United States ambassador-at-large and director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons*

12:30 p.m. Lunch

1:45 p.m. Panel discussion with policy experts and advocates: Ron Chance, adjunct professor of intelligence studies at Neumann University in Aston, Pa., and former human trafficking investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor; Sister Mary Ann Smith, M.M., of End Child Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking; Sister Eileen White, G.N.S.H., resident coordinator of Dawn’s Place, a shelter for survivors of human trafficking in Philadelphia; and Hilary Chester, associate director of the Anti-Trafficking Services Program at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Migrant and Refugee Services

3:15 p.m. Address by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington

3:45 p.m. Closing

*The previously scheduled keynote speaker, Joy Ngozi Ezeilo, United Nations special rapporteur on trafficking in persons, cannot attend.

The conference is free and open to the public. Box lunches will be provided to registered guests. For information, to register, or to request disability accommodations, contact Woinishet Negash at or click here.

SPONSORS: Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, Franciscan Action Network, Franciscans International, and Franciscan Federation


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