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Center for Global Justice: Human Trafficking Workshop

January 10, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


S.J. Quinney College, Sutherland Moot Courtroom
The Center for Global Justice presents a daylong event to explore the local implications of human trafficking and forced labor in Utah, the global context in which these human rights violations take place, and the impediments to progress and eradication on local, national, and international fronts. The workshop’s objective is to bring together stakeholders from the community, the academy, law enforcement, local and national businesses, advocacy groups, and government for a holistic and collaborative approach to effecting meaningful change.

This event is co-sponsored by the College of Social Work and the Hinckley Institute of Politics with support from the Minority Law Caucus and the International Law Society of the S.J. Quinney College of Law.

Tentative Agenda:

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. (Rosenblatt Foyer)
Welcome & Registration

9:30 – 12:00 p.m. (Sutherland Moot Courtroom)
Panel presentations

12:00 – 12:15 p.m.

12:15 – 1:30 p.m. (Borchard Conference Room)
International Law Colloquium with Professor Sally Engle Merry:
The Seductions of Quantification: Human Rights, Trafficking, and the Rise
of Indicator Culture

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.

1:45 – 3:30 p.m. (Sutherland Moot Courtroom)
Community workshop

3:30 – 4:00 p.m. (Rosenblatt Foyer)

Information about our morning panelists:

Jennifer Seelig, Minority Leader, State of Utah House of Representatives
Kirk Torgensen, Chief Deputy Utah Attorney General’s Office
Timothy Ballard, CEO of Operation Underground Railroad
Community advocate, to be announced
Salt Lake City Police Department, to be announced

Information about our Colloquium presenter:

Sally Engle Merry is Silver Professor of Anthropology at New York University, Faculty Co-director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the New York University School of Law, and past president of the American Ethnological Society.   She is the author or editor of eight books and over 100 articles. Her recent books include Colonizing Ha

wai‘i (Princeton, 2000),  Human Rights and Gender Violence (Chicago,  2006), Gender Violence: A Cultural Perspective (Blackwells, 2009) and The Practice of Human Rights, (co-edited with Mark Goodale; Cambridge, 2007). She received the Hurst Prize for Colonizing Hawai‘i in 2002, the Kalven Prize for scholarly contributions to sociolegal scholarship in 2007, and the  J.I. Staley Prize for Human Rights and Gender Violence in 2010In 2013 she received an honorary degree from McGill School of Law and was the focus of an Author Colloquium at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZIF) at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at Australian National University. She is currently writing a book on indicators as a technology of knowledge used for human rights monitoring and global governance.

Our community workshop participants:

Asian Association of Utah
Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City
College of Social Work
Hill Air Force Base Human Trafficking Task Force Initiative
Hinckley Institute of Politics
Holy Cross Ministries
Homeless Youth Resource Center
Inclusion Center
Volunteers of America
Women’s Resource Center

All organizations and members of the public are welcome!

1 CLE credit, email communications@law.utah.edu

For more information about the International Law Colloquium, please visit our webpage here >>.  

The Center for Global Justice is pleased to announce that it will begin accepting donations of new or gently used bras to benefit survivors of human trafficking through Free the Girls. Look for our donation boxes in the lobby and the front office of the College of Law.


January 10, 2014
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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S. J. Quinney College of Law
383 South University St
Salt Lake City, UT 84112 United States