Ending Human Trafficking, or Something else?

Friday, April 13, 2012
09:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Open Society Foundation,
1730 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC


Ending human trafficking is now a priority for governments worldwide. But despite the proliferation of international and national anti-trafficking laws and policy interventions over the last decade, policymakers continue to debate what forms of exploitation fall into the category of trafficking. 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 US TIP Office. 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. 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.

Sponsored by the Open Society Foundations and the Women and the Law Program at American University Washington College of Law



WCL Alumni, AU & WCL Students, Faculty & Staff – no charge
General Public - No Charge
(registration is required)

For further information, please contact:
Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education
American University Washington College of Law
Phone: 202.274.4075; Fax: 202.274.4079; or secle@wcl.american.edu



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