Fighting Human Trafficking: The Struggle at Home

The United Nations Association of the United States Dane County Chapter (UNA-USA Dane) will hold a panel presentation on HUMAN TRAFFICKING! Tuesday, June 14, 2011 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Anderson Auditorium, Predolin Hall, Edgewood College located at 1000 Edgewood College Drive, Madison, WI.

The evnet is free and open to the public.

This year, the UNA-USA Dane theme is trafficking, human bondage, and slavery – modern-style. The June program will focus on those responding to human trafficking in Wisconsin on local, systemic and academic levels. The panel will feature Marianna Smirnova, Human Trafficking Policy Specialist with the Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault and chair of SlaveFree Madison Community Relations Committee, who will report on statewide activities including a baseline study, legislation, and service provider protocols that are in development, as well as make connections between state, federal and international anti-human trafficking laws; Jo-Ann Gruber Hagen founder and chair of SlaveFree Madison, who will highlight this community-based group's efforts on raising awareness about the problem of human trafficking in Dane County and in Wisconsin as a whole; and, Professor Margo Kleinfeld of UW-Whitewater, author of “Who are the Victims of Human Trafficking in Wisconsin, A Geographical Analysis” – who will speak on the demographic and geographic characteristics of human trafficking in our state. The panel moderator will be Jan Miyasaki of Project Respect, a city-county project helping prostituted women in Dane County rebuild their lives.

Jan Miyasaki, Marianna Smirnova, and Todd Kummer, UNA-USA Dane Chapter President, recently talked about the upcoming program at the Madison WORT 89.9 FM. Please visit WORT to listen to the archive of the 8 O'Clock Buzz from Wednesday, June 8, 2011: (the interview starts on min 17). For more information about the program please visit UNA-USA Dane website: