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"Bought and Sold: Modern Day Slavery" subject of panel discussion at WWS, Feb. 24

Feb 24, 2009 (All day)

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The Woodrow Wilson School will host a panel discussion titled "Bought and Sold: Modern Day Slavery" at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24, in Bowl 016, Robertson Hall, on the Princeton University campus. The discussion is being held in conjunction with the art exhibit titled "Bought and Sold: Faces of Modern Day Slavery" featuring the works of photographer Kay Chernush in the Bernstein Gallery, on the lower level of Robertson Hall. A public reception will follow the discussion in the gallery at 6 p.m.

Panel discussants will include Kay Chernush; E. Benjamin Skinner, a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; and Kathy Maskell, U.S. Advocacy Director at Love146. Stanley Katz, Professor of Public and International Affairs and Director of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at the Woodrow Wilson School will moderate the panel.

Kay Chernush is a leading U.S. photographer with 25 years of experience in commercial and fine art photography. A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and recipient of a Fulbright grant to India, she started out as a writer but transitioned to photography while working for the Peace Corps in West Africa. She has photographed more than 50 feature stories for SMITHSONIAN magazine and contributed to other national and international publications and major corporations. Her interest in issues related to human trafficking began with an assignment for the State Department in 2005, work that has been exhibited at the United Nations in New York and Vienna and at the World Bank in Washington, DC. An on-going audio-visual project on sex-trafficking will be exhibited in Amsterdam in the fall of 2009.

Benjamin Skinner was raised in Wisconsin and northern Nigeria where his father served as a British colonial administrator. Skinner first learned about slavery as a child in Quaker meeting. In 2003, as a writer on assignment in Sudan for Newsweek International, Skinner met his first survivor of slavery, Muong Nyong, who had spent the first part of his life in bondage. Since that time, Skinner has traveled the globe to find others like Nyong. Going undercover when necessary, he has infiltrated trafficking networks and slave quarries, urban child markets and illegal brothels. In the process, he has become the first person in history to observe the sales of human beings on four continents. Skinner is the author of the book “A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery” which tells the stories of the lives of modern day slaves, as well as of his own often harrowing encounters with those who sell, own, and free them.

Kathy Maskell is the U.S. Advocacy Director at Love146, a not-for-profit organization established in 2002 to work toward the abolition of child sex slavery and exploitation through prevention and aftercare. She directs and coordinates Love146's U.S. Advocacy initiatives and campaigns. Maskell draws on her eight years of teaching experience in her current work to initiate Love146 student chapters and Taskforces, expand Love146´s Faith Community Network, and develop the Abolitionists initiative. She also oversees research and creates materials that are designed to engage and educate people about the plight of children enslaved through trafficking. In addition, she directs Love146's internship program. Maskell serves on the steering committee of Asha Forum-North America and End Internet Trafficking.

Stanley Katz is president emeritus of the American Council of Learned Societies. His recent research focuses upon the relationship of civil society and constitutionalism to democracy, and upon the relationship of the United States to the international human rights regime. He is also a commentator on higher education policy. Formerly Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor of the History of American Law and Liberty at Princeton University, Katz is a scholar of American legal and constitutional history, and on philanthropy and non-profit institutions. He is the editor of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Devise History of the Supreme Court of the United States and of the forthcoming Encyclopedia of Legal History (OUP, 2009).

This event is sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. It is free and open to the public.