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Anti-human Trafficking Symposium to Include Actress, Head of ICE

January 30, 2013 9:00 a.m.

January 29, 2013 – An Academy Award-winning actress and the head of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are among keynote speakers for an anti-human trafficking symposium taking place at Georgetown January 30.

Mira Sorvino, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role in the 1995 film “Mighty Aphrodite,” serves as a United Nations goodwill ambassador on human trafficking.  She and John Morton, director of ICE, will be among presenters during the “Anti-Human Trafficking Symposium: Transforming the Coalition.”

The symposium brings together government, academic, non-profit and business leaders to reengineer the fight against the illegal trade of human beings for sexual exploitation and forced labor.

Combatting Trafficking

“No one sector has the capability to prevent trafficking, protect the victims, or ensure effective prosecution and punishment of the traffickers,” says Susan Martin, Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) director and Herzberg professor of international migration at Georgetown. “Through partnerships, however, much can be done to combat trafficking.

Georgetown and professional services firm Deloitte are co-sponsoring the symposium, which will address immigration-related law enforcement challenges through the lens of anti-human trafficking (AHT).

The event, which is taking place in recognition of National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, will be webcast on georgetown.edu.

Trends and Challenges

Other speakers for the event include Luis CdeBaca, the U.S. Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons’ ambassador at large; Acting Associate Attorney General Tony West; and Alice Hill, senior counselor to the secretary of homeland security.

The symposium will also comprises two panels, “Trends and Challenges – AHT Prevention, Prosecution and Protection of Victims,” and “Private Sector Solutions – Applying Data Analytics and Supply Chain Risk Management to the Human Trafficking Challenge.”

New Technology

Mark Lagon, Georgetown visiting professor in the Master of Science in Foreign Service program, will moderate the “Trends and Challenges” panel.

According to Martin, a current lack of statistics on human trafficking numbers could improve with new technology.

“Studying a hidden phenomenon, such as trafficking, is extremely difficult,” she says. “One of our hopes is that new technologies may help improve data collection and give us better estimates of the numbers who have been trafficked.”