Human Trafficking And Catholic Social Teaching - A Conversation


Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 6:30pm - Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 7:30pm 1 hour

Join Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice (CAPP) and a pair of renowned policy experts for an intimate conversation about modern human trafficking, policy approaches to address it, and concrete steps Catholics can take to combat the crisis. Dr. Lagon served as Ambassador-At-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons; Ms Vandenberg founded The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center. The one-hour event will take place at the Cathedral of St Matthew the Apostle and is limited to 20 guests. To register cick here (Eventbrite)   Contact:  Matthew Salisbury: ms3903@georgetown.edu 

Ambassador Mark P. Lagon is the Chief Policy Officer of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and also a Distinguished Senior Scholar in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is a leading authority and practitioner on human trafficking and migration, having served as U.S. Ambassador-At-Large and Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the Department of State; as Executive Director and CEO of Polaris, a leading U.S. nonprofit on human trafficking operating the main hotline for the U.S. Government; and as founding member of the board of the Global Business Coalition Against Human Trafficking (gBCAT.org). 

Martina E Vandenberg is the founder and president of The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center (HT Pro Bono). Vandenberg established HT Pro Bono in 2012 with generous support from the Open Society Foundations (OSF) Fellowship Program. Vandenberg has spent two decades fighting human trafficking, forced labor, rape as a war crime, and violence against women. Vandenberg has represented victims of human trafficking pro bono in immigration, criminal, and civil cases. She has testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law, the Helsinki Commission, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the House Armed Services Committee on an array of human rights issues. Through HT Pro Bono, Vandenberg has trained more than 2,000 pro bono attorneys nationwide to handle human trafficking matters.

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