Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery

SAT, DEC 4, 2010

Ruchira Gupta, president of Apne Aap; Siddharth Kara, from the Harvard Carr Center Program on Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery; and Wendy Macias-Konstantopoulos, from the Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Global Health and Human Rights at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, discuss Ruchira Gupta’s film The Selling of Innocents. Moderated by the Carr Center’s Christina Bain, with an introductory speech by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, 14th District New York.

+ BIO: Siddharth Kara

Siddharth Kara is an Affiliate of the Human Rights and Social Movements Program, and a Fellow with the Carr Center Program on Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery. He is the author of Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, the first of three books he is writing on the subjects of human trafficking and contemporary slavery. Kara currently advises the United Nations and several governments on antislavery policy and law, and he continues to research slavery around the world. He has written an award winning feature film screenplay on human trafficking that is set for production in 2011. Previously, Kara was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch, then ran his own finance and M&A consulting firm. He holds a Law degree from. England, MBA from Columbia University, and BA from Duke University.

+ BIO: Ruchira Gupta

Ruchira Gupta is a journalist from India who has put an international spotlight on human trafficking through her writing and film work. Ms. Gupta received the Clinton Global Citizen Award in 2009 for her relentless efforts to end human trafficking and gender based violence. She directed and produced The Selling of Innocents, based on her journalistic efforts in Nepal and India, which won an Emmy award in 1997. Most recently, she worked with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) as Director of the UNIFEM Media Unit to raise awareness about trafficking and other forms of violence against women. Ms. Gupta is the Founder and President of Apne Aap, a nongovernmental organization in India that works to create international partnerships to defend and ensure women’s and children’s rights to survival, protection, development, and equal participation.

+ BIO: Wendy Macias-Konstantopoulos

Wendy Macias-Konstantopoulo, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Division of Global Health and Human Rights, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

+ BIO: Christina Bain

Christina Bain is the Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Prior to her time at the Kennedy School, Christina was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as the Executive Director of the Governor’s Commission on Sexual and Domestic Violence, a statewide commission of over 340 public and private sector partners. She previously served as the Public Affairs Liaison to Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Kerry Healey where she worked on domestic violence and criminal justice issues, including human trafficking and sex offender management. Since 2006, she has been a member of the Massachusetts Human Trafficking Task Force, one of the 42 statewide anti-trafficking task forces funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Christina also served as a Special Assistant to Governor Jane Swift of Massachusetts.

+ BIO: Carolyn Maloney

First elected to Congress in 1992, Carolyn B. Maloney is recognized as a national leader with extensive accomplishments on financial services, national security, the economy, and women’s issues. Her career has been a series of firsts. Maloney is the first woman to represent New York’s 14th Congressional District; the first woman to represent New York City’s 7th Councilmanic district (where she was the first woman to give birth while in office); and is currently the first woman to Chair the Joint Economic Committee, a House and Senate panel that examines and addresses the nation’s most pressing economic issues.

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