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  Oct 20, 2014   |   Last update: August 4, 2014 @ 8:21 am

Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: Global Issue with Local Impact

About the event:


 On February, 4, 2013 the S.J. Quinney College of Law will host a panel discussion about human trafficking in its many forms across the world, including its impact in Utah. Speakers include Special Agent Timothy Ballard (Department of Homeland Security), Alex McBean (Utah Legal Services), and Scarlet Smith (JD/MPH Candidate, 2014). The event moderated by Professor Erika George will be held in the Borchard Conference Room at the College of Law beginning at 12:15pm. This event is free and open to the public and light refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by the Center for Global Justice, the Minority Law Caucus, and the International Law Society. 

Professor of Law Erika George teaches International Human Rights Law and is the author of Incorporating Rights: Human Dignity, Corporate Responsibility and Conscious Community, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

Timothy Ballard has worked as a Special Agent for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for over a decade. Tim is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the United States Child Sex Tourism Jump Team. He spends much of his time working undercover investigations into the trafficking and prostitution of children. Tim has conducted these operations in the U.S. and abroad. He holds a BA in Spanish and Political Science from BYU and an MA in International Politics from Middlebury College—The Monterey Institute of International Studies. Before joining DHS, Tim worked for the Central Intelligence Agency.

Alex McBean has been an attorney at Utah Legal Services since January 2005.  He has represented over 70 individuals in applying for T-visas.  T-visas are special visas for victims of human trafficking that are undocumented in the United States that allow them to work and live in the United States while they are cooperating with law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of their traffickers.  Mr. McBean has assisted victims of human trafficking to reunite with their family members in the United States. 

Scarlet Smith received her Bachelors degree in Phychology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. In her third year at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, she recently presented research on corporate social responsibility and child sex trafficking at a human trafficking conference at University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She supports the implementation of socially responsible codes of conduct within the private sector to help eliminate the demand for child sex trafficking and exploitation. 


Film Screening

Following the panel discussion will be a screening of "Not My Life," a documentary directed by Robert Billheimer and narrated by Glen Close.  It features interviews of victims of human trafficking across the world.  More information on the film can be found at:  notmylife.org.  

Monday, February 4 at 3:15 p.m. in the Howell Conference Room

This event is free and open to the public.  Light lunch will be provided.