Note to the media: “Katya,” a human trafficking survivor, will appear undisguised at the following event. However, she cannot have her photo taken or participate in media interviews due to contracts with NBC and for confidentiality. Journalists are welcome to attend the discussion and report on her story. Other speakers on the panel are available before or after the event for interviews.
Each year, nearly one million human beings are bought, sold, or forced across the world’s borders.
One of those human beings,Katya,will share her experience as a victim of human trafficking during a panel discussion,Bought and Sold:Human Trafficking and Bonded Labor in the U.S.on Nov. 5 (Monday) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the courtroom of the University of Notre Dame Law School.
Katya was lured to the United States from the Ukraine with the promise of employment and study abroad, but was forced into a life of domestic labor when she arrived in the United States.
Other presenters include Bridgette Carr, associate clinical professor of law at the Notre Dame Law Schools Legal Aid Clinic and Katyas legal counsel; Angus Lowe, an official from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and Katherine Dunn, a Notre Dame student who came to learn about the situation of human trafficking through a summer internship.
Katya, Lowe and Carr were interviewed for a special report on human trafficking to be broadcast on NBC network news later fall.
The event will close with a discussion on building a local and statewide response to the issues surrounding human trafficking. Organizers hope that legal professionals, social service providers, concerned citizens and others will collaborate to identify the problem in their own communities.
The panel discussion is sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, the Notre Dame Legal Aid Clinic, and the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County. The event is part of the Center for Social Concerns25th anniversaryPromoting Solidaritylecture series.
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