UCLA conference explores impact of economic crisis on human trafficking

Media Contact

Enrique Rivero
(310) 794-2273
WHAT:
As the economic crisis worsens, reports of human trafficking have increased in Los Angeles, with documented cases of slave labor in restaurants, hotels, the garment industry, agriculture, child and elder care, and construction. "Impact of the Economic Crisis: Increase in Reports of Human Trafficking in L.A. County and Globally," a breakfast and briefing for the media and women's health experts, brings together health and law enforcement officials and human trafficking survivors to outline the local and global impact of this situation.
 
The event is sponsored by the Iris Cantor–UCLA Women's Health Center, with generous support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, the Annenberg Foundation, and the Weingart Foundation.

WHO:
Participants will include:
Kay Buck
Executive director of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
 
Kimberly Agbonkpolor
Los Angeles Police Department's L.A. Metropolitan Task Force on Human Trafficking
 
Terri Thorfinnson
Chief of the California Department of Health Services' Office of Women's Health
 
Susie Baldwin
Chief of the health assessment unit of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health's Office of Health Assessment and Epidemiology
 
Human trafficking survivors
WHEN:
Friday, May 29
  • 8:45 a.m.: Breakfast and check-in
  • 9:30–10:30 a.m.: Program
  • 10:30–11 a.m.: Q&A with presenters and panelists
  • 11–11:30 a.m.: One-on-one interview opportunities
 
WHERE:
Covel Commons, on the UCLA campus (map)
 
BACKGROUND:
According to the United Nations' International Labor Organization, more than 12 million people worldwide are currently victims of human trafficking; the U.S. Department of Justice says the U.S. is a destination country for thousands of victims. Slave laborers rescued in Los Angeles have been documented to be citizens of Mexico, the United States, and countries in Central and South America, Asia, and Africa.
 
R.S.V.P. & INFORMATION:
R.S.V.P. is required. For reservations, directions and parking information, please contact Robin Lam at 310-794-8063 or [email protected].
 
MEDIA CONTACT:
Enrique Rivero, UCLA Health Sciences Media Relations, 310-794-2273
Media Contact:
Enrique Rivero
(310) 794-2273
[email protected]