Oct 9, Great Decisions Conference Combating Human Trafficking in the 21st Century

A serious challenge to humanity and one of the fastest growing criminal industries, human trafficking tears at the very fabric of our existence. The U.S. and the international community have adopted various treaties and laws to prevent trafficking, but to truly understand and combat the issue, we must find the root causes enabling traffickers to exploit millions of victims. And, as one of the world’s leading human trafficking importers, the U.S. bears a special responsibility to combat this practice.
This year’s conference will explore the impact of human trafficking in the 21st century and examine broader U.S. foreign policy implications, federal anti-trafficking legislation, and Minnesota’s achievements in responding to this serious crime.
Speakers and special guests include:
  • Tom Hanson, former U.S. Foreign Service Officer and Diplomat in Residence at the University of Minnesota – Duluth
  • Dr. Sarah E. Mendelson, Senior Adviser and Co-Director, Human Rights Initiative, Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Robin Phillips, Executive Director, Advocates for Human Rights
  • The Honorable Dave Pinto, Representative (DFL, 64B), Minnesota State Legislature, and prosecutor with the Ramsey County Attorney's Office
  • John Rash, editorial writer, Star Tribune
  • Brenda Schultz, Director, Responsible Business, Americas, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

    Friday, October 9
    Registration: 8:30 am
    Conference: 9 am - 2 pm 
    Minneapolis Central Library
    300 Nicollet Mall
    Minneapolis, MN 55401
    $15 MIC members and cosponsors

    $30 Nonmembers

    Free for students and secondary-level educators with a valid student
    or work I.D.

    Includes continental breakfast and individual boxed lunch

The 8th Annual Great Decisions conference is brought to you by the Minnesota International Center
with generous support from the Carlson Family Foundation and Foreign Policy Association.
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