UNH Law’s Rudman Center to Host Conference on Combating Human Trafficking
March 28 Event Features Cindy McCain as Keynote Speaker
The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy and the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence are co-hosting a daylong conference on combating human trafficking on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord.
This conference will examine how the experience and voice of survivors of human trafficking can and should inform state and federal advocacy efforts, prosecution of traffickers, and educational outreach.
Cindy McCain will provide the conference’s keynote address. She serves as co-chair of the Arizona Governor's task force on human trafficking and is dedicated to efforts to reduce human trafficking in Arizona, throughout the United States, and around the world as well as working to improve the lives of victims of human trafficking.
This daylong conference will teach lawyers and law students about the various barriers survivors encounter in the legal system and provide recommendations for breaking down these barriers, including educating lawyers on how to be better advocates for their clients.
It will also educate service providers and social workers on effective methods for assisting survivors and ways to incorporate these recommendations into practice. And it will demonstrate to advocacy groups working on policy solutions to human trafficking that it is essential to have survivors at the table as stakeholders.
According to UNH Law Professor Erin Corcoran, Executive Director of the Rudman Center, “this conference will provide a fascinating look at how the survivors of human trafficking are an essential voice in local and international efforts to combat these crimes.”
Lyn Schollett, the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, said “many people think human trafficking is an international problem, but we know it happens everywhere including New Hampshire. This issue deserves more attention and we are proud to sponsor this important event.”
The conference will conclude with a special screening of the documentary Not My Life, the first film to depict the cruel and dehumanizing practices of human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, Not My Life takes viewers into a world where millions of children are exploited, every day, through an astonishing array of practices including forced labor, domestic servitude, begging, sex tourism, sexual violence, and child soldiering. For more info, see: notmylife.org
For a complete schedule of events, visit: law.unh.edu/events/2014/03/human-trafficking-conference
The Warren B. Rudman Center for Justice, Leadership and Public Policy provides scholarship, training, and opportunity for a new generation of leaders who cherish public service. The Rudman Center and its programs also serve as a living monument to Senator Rudman and the other leaders of his political generation whose values and examples it seeks to foster, transmit and preserve. To learn more, visit: law.unh.edu/rudman-center
The New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence creates safe and just communities through advocacy, prevention and empowerment of anyone affected by sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking. To learn more, visit: nhcadsv.org
For more information or registration questions, please contact UNH Law’s Rudman Center at Rudman.Center@law.unh.edu. For press inquiries, contact Peter Davies.
Event photos by Perry Smith