Looking at Human Trafficking Through a Public Health Lens

SlaveFree Madison welcomes Dr. Araceli Alonso for our April educational program on

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Covenant Presbyterian Church (map)

326 South Segoe Road

Madison, WI 53705

The public is invited to attend. The program is free of charge and no registration is required.

Dr. Alonso will speak on “Looking at Human Trafficking Through a Public Health Lens”. She often summarizes this approach with a story.

Near a village, people are frequently being washed over a waterfall and perish if not rescued quickly. Villagers spend hours every day puling people who have gone over the waterfall out of the river before they drown. One day, a wise women, stopped pulling people out and walked up stream, above the waterfall. Here, she started pulling people out of the river before they went over the waterfall – intervening before they were in mortal danger.

This woman’s approach, says Dr. Alonso, is the concept of public health – intervention before health or safety is compromised. She has used this approach successfully in her teaching, research and grant acquisition addressing women’s and human rights issues, including human trafficking.

Dr. Alonso, a native of Madrid, Spain, worked as a RN in Spain for twelve years while pursuing a BA in Philosophy and History at the University of Madrid. She came to the United States to further her graduate studies in Anthropology. Currently she holds a Master’s of Science in Physical Anthropology from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s of Arts and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from UW-Madison. She is a Faculty Associate in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies and in the School of Medicine and Public Health at UW-Madison.

Dr. Alanso has conducted extensive international research on women's issues especially on those that imply the violation of women's human rights including sex trafficking. Dr. Alonso developed the first class taught at UW-Madison on human trafficking and human rights. She works with three international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to develop programs for women's empowerment in the United States, Somalia, Kenya, Uganda and Cuba.