Current Programs: 2012-2013

Human Trafficking Webcast

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Conflict & Human Rights
Global Development

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Human trafficking has become the world’s second largest criminal industry, tied with arms trafficking, only behind narcotics. The industry is estimated to generate $32 billion a year.  According to a UN report and the U.S. State Department, an estimated 2.5 million people are in forced labor as a result of trafficking – 80 percent are women and girls and up to 50 percent are under the age of 18.

Whether the individual becomes a sex slave, a domestic servant, a factory laborer, those trafficked are being held in conditions not under their will.  Human Trafficking has often been compared to modern-day slavery. In the 21st century, who has fallen victim to human trafficking?  Who are the traffickers and what do they gain? How can this black market industry live hidden amongst the shadows of mainstream society?  We will explore these questions and more in this exciting webcast in partnership with the New York Times Learning Network.

In this webcast:

In partnership with the New York Times Learning Network, students will learn about the causes and consequences of human trafficking through a conversation among panelists.

This webcast event features:

  • Norma Ramos, Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women

  • Faith Huckel, Executive Director, RestoreNY

  • Lauren Hersh, Chief of the Sex Trafficking Unit, Kings County District Attorney’s Office

Please click here for the accompanying curriculum. 

DISCLAIMER: The discussion around this topic is extremely sensitive and encouraged for grades 9th and above.  Please review all materials before sharing with your students.

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