Voiceless Cargo: Albany Government Law Review to Host Symposium on Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery

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Experts from around the world will gather at Albany Law School on Feb. 28, 2013, to discuss “Voiceless Cargo: Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery in the Modern Era.” 

The symposium will be broadcast live online starting at 1:30 p.m., and it will be available as an archived video shortly thereafter.

Twenty-seven million people are held in bondage around the world, according to the organization Free the Slaves, and 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year, according to the U.S. Department of State.

Rashida Manjoo, the Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women for the United Nations, will receive the inaugural William McKinley Award for Good Governance for her commitment to exposing and eliminating violence towards women across the globe. She will also deliver the symposium’s keynote as this year’s installment of the law school’s Edward C. Sobota '79 Memorial Lecture Series.

Symposium schedule:

1:30 p.m.
Edward C. Sobota '79 Memorial Lecture
Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women

Panel on International Perspectives on Human Trafficking
Ruby Andrew, Associate Professor of Law, Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, La.
Jean Allain, Professor of Public International Law, Queen’s University Belfast
Benjamin Lawrance, Barber B. Conable Jr. Endowed Chair in International Studies, Rochester Institute of Technology
Sun Pinghua, Associate Professor, China University of Political Science
Moderator: Alexandra Harrington, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Albany Law School

3:30 p.m.
Panel on Issues in Domestic Law Enforcement of Human Trafficking
Maggie McNeill, Blogger, The Honest Courtesan
Sun Pinghua, Associate Professor, China University of Political Science
Kevin Ryan, Supervisory Special Agent, Department of Homeland Security
Jacqueline L. Spratt, Former Assistant U.S. Attorney
Moderator: Vincent Bonventre, Professor of Law, Albany Law School

Closing remarks by Jean Allain, Professor of Public International Law, Queen’s University Belfast

“Voiceless Cargo: Human Trafficking and Sex Slavery in the Modern Era” is free and open to the public, and a number of community groups will be in attendance. No registration is necessary to attend. For more information, email awoodman@albanylaw.edu or call 518-472-5863.

The Albany Government Law Review is a student-edited law review, publishing articles on a variety of issues relating to legal aspects of government and public policy. In addition to serving as an academic forum for legal scholarship, the Albany Government Law Review is designed to be an effective research tool for courts, practicing lawyers, and students. 

Themis Bar Review has donated $1,000 in gift certificates that will be raffled away to attendees.