Humanities Institute

"Human Trafficking, Forced Labor, and Our Consumer Choices:" Difficult Dialogues Spring Public Forum

Tue, February 11, 2014

In 2013, Texas ranked second in the nation in calls placed to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. As recent arrests in Houston and Louisiana demonstrate, human trafficking isn't something that happens in remote places: forced labor might contribute to the clothes we wear, the electronics we use, the food we buy at the grocery store, even our restaurant take-out meals.

The Difficult Dialogues Spring Public Forum, "Human Trafficking, Forced Labor, and Our Consumer Choices" features a panel discussion with Texas experts and activists, followed by small-group discussion. Nationally-recognized scholar Dr. Noel Busch-Armendariz, professor of Social Work and Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will moderate the discussion. Participants include Dr. Bruce Kellison, Associate Director of the University of Texas IC2 Bureau of Business Research; Shelton Green, founder and CEO of Good & Fair Clothing Company; and Sulamita Mora, case worker at Refugee Services of Texas.


The forum takes place Tuesday, February 18, from 7-9 PM, in the Santa Rita Suite of the Texas Union Building, room 3.502. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.


Come learn more about human trafficking and what you can do about it.



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