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March 25: Human Trafficking Panel Discussion (New York)

UNA-SNY Young Professionals for International Cooperation's European Affairs Committee and The Graduate Social Research Program/International Development
invites you to a panel discussion on Human Trafficking, marking the:

International Day for the Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

A Partnership for the Eradication of Human Trafficking (PEHT) Event.

Come join the European Affairs Committee for a provocative panel discussion with experts in the field of global human trafficking. Panelists will discuss human trafficking from a historical, global, and local perspective.
Also featuring a book signing with Ron Soodalter.

Thursday, March 25
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
(Registration - 5:30 PM)

Hunter College
President's Conference Room East Protected content
SE Corner of Lexington Ave & 68th Street

Admission is free. Space is limited and RSVP is required on a first-come first-serve basis.
Only ticketholders will be admitted to the event.

RSVP to Matthias Resch by noon, Sunday, March 21st
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Lauren Garrity
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Lauren is a graduate of New York University, with a degree in Latin American Studies &
Human Rights. She began working on the issue of human trafficking as an intern and later a program coordinator for The Emancipation Network out of Sandwich, MA and Kolkata, India. She later continued working on the issue as an intern for the International Organization for Migration in La Paz, Bolivia, and as a program developer for the Agoro Community Development Organization in Kitgum Town, Uganda. Since May Protected content , Lauren has been an intensive case manager working for Safe Horizon's Anti-Human Trafficking Program, where she provides direct social services for trafficking survivors and works as a trainer and presenter. As part of the Anti-Trafficking Program, Lauren is also a member of the Freedom Network, a nationwide network of service providers working on the issue, and the New York Anti-Trafficking Network in New York. In January Protected content went to Mexico as a consultant for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide trainings on providing services to trafficking survivors to a number of government officials and non-governmental organization workers. Lauren speaks fluent Spanish.

Ron Soodalter
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Ron Soodalter is a writer, a passionate educator, and a respected historian. He holds a B.A. in American History from Boston University, an M.A. in Education from New York University, and an M.A. in American Folk Culture from the State University of New York. A lifelong student of American history, he has taught extensively, and has worked as curator of a history museum. Ron was retained as a consultant by the New York State Historical Association, and was named to the Board of Directors of the 10-state Mountain-Plains Museum Conference. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Abraham Lincoln Institute. Soodalter recently saw the publication of his book, Hanging Captain Gordon: The Life and Trial of an American Slave Trader (Atria), the non-fiction account of the only man in U.S. history to be executed for the crime of slave trading. He is also the co-author, with Free the Slaves president Kevin Bales, of The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today (UC Press, Protected content , and teaches classes and seminars to various age groups on the historic and modern-day slave trade. He has written articles for such magazines as Smithsonian, New York Archives, and Civil War Times, and is a featured columnist for America's Civil War.

Suzanne Tomatore
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Suzanne Tomatore, Esq. is the Director of the Immigrant Women and Children Project at the New York City Bar Association's City Bar Justice Center. Ms. Tomatore represents survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking and violent gender-based crimes in immigration matters and trains and mentors other attorneys to do so. She has trained community-based organizations, health-care providers, law enforcement and government officials, including international delegates from the U.S. Department of State International Visitors Program, on human trafficking. She has lectured on this topic across the United States and abroad, including Canada, Venezuela and the Philippines. In addition, Ms. Tomatore has taught immigration law at the City University of New York Graduate Center School of Professional Studies. Prior to joining the City Bar, she was a recipient of the Open Society Institute Community Fellowship for implementing and directing the Immigrant Community Domestic Violence Project, hosted by CUNY School of Law Immigrant Initiatives in New York City.

Amy Muedin
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Amy Muedin is currently a Programme Specialist in the Office of the Permanent Observer for the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to the United Nations in New York. The mission of the Office is to contribute to the political, social, economic and humanitarian debate and action on migration within the multilateral framework of international dialogue and cooperation of the United Nations. Since joining IOM in Protected content , Ms. Muedin develops and manages a series of workshops on migration and development issues, in cooperation with UNITAR and UNFPA, to help stimulate critical thinking on key migration. She is also the focal point in IOM providing guidance and support to numerous IOM field missions on accessing and leveraging the use of the UN Central Emergency Response Fund meant to initiate immediate funding to emergency operations. She also regularly gives briefings on various migration issues including trafficking to NGO and student communities at the United Nations at in the New York city area. Ms. Muedin completed her Master of Arts degree in International Relations in Protected content the John C. Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University. She is an American national.

The United Nations Association's Young Professionals for International Cooperation (UNA-YPIC) is a national nonpartisan network of professionals between the ages of 21 and 40 that seeks to engage in discussions about international affairs, the importance of multilateral cooperation and the United Nations. Southern New York State YPIC is affiliated with the Southern New York State Division of UNA-USA, and serves young professionals in the Greater New York metropolitan area. We offer members exceptional access to diplomats and officials from United Nations headquarters in NYC, as well as to experts from many international organizations. YPIC runs a year-round calendar of events and in-person and online programs that encourage professional development, networking, political participation, cultural enrichment, and community service. For more information, please visit Protected content

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