Combatting Slavery in the 21st Century


The Government Law Center at Albany Law School will present a conference, "Combatting Slavery in the 21st Century," on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the United Nations in New York City. The event is a collaboration between the Government Law Center, United Nations Academic Impact, Humanity United and the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government.

The forum, to be simulcast to high schools and colleges throughout the world through the auspices of United Nations Academic Impact, will address not only the lasting vestiges of traditional forms of slavery and indentured servitude, but also contemporary issues of child, labor and sex trafficking. Panel topics will include “Slavery in the 21st Century: Continuing Impact, Lasting Vestiges and Modern Forms,” and “Tactics of the Modern Abolitionists.”


Kevin Ryan, president and CEO of Covenant House International and co-author of Almost Home: Helping Kids Move from Homelessness to Hope, will deliver a keynote address on child trafficking.

Other confirmed speakers include:

   Dorchen Leidholdt, Sanctuary for Families

   Professor Paul Finkelman, Albany Law School

   Warda Henning, United Nations Headquarters, Office on Drugs and Crime

   Professor Rhacel Salazar Parrenas, University of Southern California

   Professor Anthony Farley, Albany Law School

   Andrea Cristina Mercado, National Domestic Workers Alliance

   Professor Melissa Breger, Albany Law School


The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required by April 6, 2014. 

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For more information, contact Amy Gunnells at 518-445-2329 or

Funding for the conference has been provided by a generous grant from The Ford Foundation.


More information about Humanity United:

"Humanity United is a U.S.-based foundation dedicated to building peace and advancing human freedom. At home and in the corners of the globe where these ideals are challenged most, we lead and support efforts to lift up the voices and will of people, ensure good governance and the rule of law, engage markets and business as a force for change, and encourage the exploration of promising ideas and innovations to end conflict and slavery—all with the belief that everyone has the right to a life that is peaceful and free."