Thursday September 25, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
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American Red Cross, Hall of Service
1730 E St, NW
Washington DC, DC 20006

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Felicity Amos 
American Red Cross 

The American Red Cross Invites you to: "Human Trafficking and Armed Conflict -          A Multidisciplinary Conference"

September 25th, 9 am- 5 pm

The International Humanitarian Law (IHL) unit at the American Red Cross offers educational programs and public events to shed light on key issues surrounding armed conflict and to bring together communities of learning in order to share best practices. 

27 million people a year are affected by human trafficking and contemporary forms of slavery. Complex emergencies, including armed conflict and natural disaster, mean vulnerable populations are at increased risk for exploitation and trafficking. While human trafficking takes on many forms, from forced labor and domestic servitude, to child soldiers, prostitution and the illicit drug trade, the problem is global and one of the most urgent transnational issues we face today.  There are already many communities doing important work on these issues. In order to properly understand the problem and create sustainable solutions, these diverse stakeholders must continue to work collaboratively, understanding the priorities and perspectives of each.

The September 25 conference is a full day event designed to bring policy makers, service providers, government, military, academics and advocates together to highlight critical issues and share success stories. The agenda is as follows:

9:00 – 9:30

Registration, Breakfast & Networking

9:30 – 10:00


  • Speaker: Jane Zimmerman, Executive Director, International Policy and External Affairs, American Red Cross 

Introductory Keynote: International Humanitarian Law  & Human Trafficking

  • Speaker: Dina Haynes, Professor of Law, New England Law | Boston

10:00 – 11:20

Panel One: Gender and Trafficking

  • Speaker 1: Cristina Finch, Managing Director, Identity and Discrimination Unit, Amnesty International USA
  • Speaker 2: Kendra Kreider, Foreign Affairs Officer, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Division of Reports and Political Affairs (Africa/Southeast Asia), US Department of State
  • Speaker 3: Marcy Hersh, Senior Advocate for Women & Girls’ Rights and UN Representative, Refugees International 
  • Moderator: Christie Edwards, Director, International Humanitarian Law, American Red Cross 

11:20 – 11:30


11:30 – 1:00

Panel Two: Displaced Populations and Trafficking

  • Speaker 1: Jana Mason, Senior Advisor, U.S. Government and External Relations, UNHCR
  • Speaker 2: Dr. Andrew Rasmussen, Associate Professor of Psychology, Fordham University
  • Speaker 3: Sarah Craggs, Regional Thematic Specialist for the MENA region, IOM 
  • Speaker 4: Jennifer Podkul, Senior Program Officer, Migrant Rights and Justice Program, Women's Refugee Commission
  • Moderator: Kathleen Salanik, Director, Restoring Family Links, American Red Cross

1:00 – 2:00

Seated Lunch and Facilitated Roundtable Discussions

To The Market Exhibit

2:00 – 3:20

Panel Three: Anti-trafficking Legislation and Advocacy

  • Speaker 1: Dan Mahanty, Senior Advisor, Security and Human Rights, Office for Security and Human Rights, DRL, State Department 
  • Speaker 2: Sam McCahon, Attorney, McCahon Law Firm
  • Speaker 3: Paulina Rudnicka, Senior Legal Analyst, Rule of Law Initiative, American Bar Association
  • Moderator: Melysa Sperber, ATEST Director, Humanity United

3:20 – 3:30


3:30 – 4:30

Afternoon Keynote: Multisector Solutions to Human Trafficking

  • William D. Eggers, Research Director, Public Sector Industry, Deloitte

4:30 – 4:40

Closing Remarks

  • Christie Edwards, Director, International Humanitarian Law, American Red Cross