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Division of Public Relations and Marketing Communications
Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796

(954) 262-5353
(800) 541-6682 x25353
Fax: (954) 262-3954
communications@nova.edu

NSU to Hold International Conference on Human Trafficking

FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. —- The young woman selling her body at the street corner could be your daughter, your sister, or your wife. She is part of an estimated 14,500 to 17,500 women and children who are brought into the United States each year by human traffickers and forced into prostitution.

The majority of human trafficking victims who enter the U.S., originate from Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Florida is one of the four top four destination states for human trafficking.

Nova Southeastern University’s Institute for Child Health Policy is holding an international conference on May 6 to address this issue. Called the International Child Health Forum, the event will bring together FBI agents, White House officials, State Department officials, and health care providers to collaboratively seek solutions to fight the scourge of human sex trafficking.

The conference will be broadcast live worldwide to authorities and organizations dedicated to stopping sex traders. It will teach health care providers who are on the frontlines to differentiate domestic abuse from trafficking victims.

Human trafficking has been a hot topic in the media recently. ABC’s “The Slave Next Door” and coverage of Haiti’s child Restaviks (child slaves of Haiti) stunned civil society.  The sale of underage sex slaves during the NFL’s Super Bowl weekend brought reality of modern day slavery shockingly close to home.  National Geographic entertainment director and forum speaker Nico Sabenorio’s Larry King Live segment on modern day slavery also brought the issue to the forefront. It aired  on April 2010.  Here is the link: http://www.nicosabenorio.com/2010/04/larry-king-live-modern-day-slavery.html

 The forum’s speakers include:

  • Ambassador Luis C. deBaca, (Opening Remarks) Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and director, State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in
  • David Batstone, Ph.D., professor of ethics in the Department of Theology & Religious Studies, University of San Francisco CEO/Founder Not for Sale
  • Michael Bourke, Ph.D., chief psychologist, Behavioral Analysis Unit, U.S. Marshals Service Department of Justice
  • Elizabeth Cafferty, MSc Associate Director, Programs and External Relations
    Division of Global Health and Human Rights
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Harvard University
  • Kari D. McInturff R.N., Ph.D., (invited) special agent, FBI
  • Nico Sabenorio, director, National Geographic Entertainment
  • Robin H. Thompson, J.D., M.A., Robin H. Thompson & Associates
    Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights

The event will take place between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on NSU’s main Davie campus at the Knight Auditorium inside the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship. For more information, please visit: www.nova.edu/ichf.

Media Contacts:
Julie Spechler, NSU Office of Public Affairs
954-262-5348 (office), julies@nova.edu

Ken Ma, NSU Office of Public Affairs
954-262-5308 (office), 954-830-4177 (cell), ken.ma@nova.edu