Alene Moris Women’s Center

Conference Agenda

Human Trafficking in an Era of Globalization: Forced Labor, Involuntary Servitude and Corporate & Civic Responsibility 

January 11-12, 2013

Presented by: University of Washington (UW) Women’s Center, UW School of Law and Seattle University School of Law

Working Agenda


8:30-9:00AM Registration

9:00-9:30AM Breakfast and Introduction
Former Representative Velma Veloria, Washington State Representative 1993-2004
Dr. Sutapa Basu, Executive Director, University of Washington Women’s Center

9:30-9:45AM Welcome
Mayor Mike McGinn, City of Seattle
Introduced by Dean Mark Niles, Seattle University School of Law
9:45-10:30AM Keynote Speaker 
Lila Shahani, Assistant Secretary & Head of Communications
Human Development and Poverty Reduction Cabinet Cluster (HDPRC), Philippines
Introduced by Velma Veloria, Washington State Representative 1993-2004
10:30-10:45AM Break
10:45AM-12:15PMForced Migration & Labor Rights
Moderator: Dr. Sara Curran, Director, Center for Global Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies; Associate Director, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology (CSDE); Associate Professor, University of Washington
1. Neha Misra, Senior Specialist Migration & Human Trafficking, AFL-CIO Solidarity Center
2. Larry Jensen, WA State Farm Bureau Representative
3. Mike Gempler, WA Growers League
Our increasingly global economy and policies have created a ripe environment for forced migration both across domestic and international borders, which often times leave workers vulnerable to human trafficking. This panel will focus on which push and pull factors of our global economy are supporting an environment conducive to human trafficking abuses through forced migration. Panelists will discuss the various kinds of labor laws that are needed to prevent human trafficking, temporary work visa programs in the agriculture industry, and how & why ID verification methods affect agricultural workers and employers.
12:15-12:30PM Break
12:30-1:45PM Luncheon & Tools of Social Change
1. Washington State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (36th Legislative District)
2. Tim Galante, Director, Justice and Public Safety Services, Microsoft
3. Assistant Chief Dick Reed , Commander, Field Support Bureau, Seattle Police Department
1:45PM-2:00PM Break
2:00-3:30PMInternational Trade Agreements
Moderator: Dana Raigrodski, Assistant Director (International) Law, University of Washington School of Law
1. Dongsheng “Don” Zang, Professor, University of Washington School of Law
2. Arthur Stamoulis, Executive Director of Citizens Trade Campaign
3. Lynne Dodson, Washington Fair Trade Coalition
The panel will explore the links between the global trade regime and the increase in scope of and vulnerability to human trafficking and forced labor worldwide. While international trade agreements have facilitated economic integration and the opening of markets for goods and services, they have also created a “race to the bottom” for cheap production at the expense of labor, environmental, and health and safety standards. The panel will particularly focus on state sovereignty and the Asia-Pacific-wide risks and impact in light of the ongoing negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement.
3:30-3:45PM Break
3:45-5:15PM Human Rights
Moderator: Jorge Baron, Executive Director, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
1. Prof. Carole Petersen, Director, Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii at Manoa
2. Mary E. Miller, RN, MN, Child Labor/Young Worker Specialist, Dept of Labor and Industries Employment Standards Program
3. Sue Ross, Director of the International Women’s Human Rights Clinic at Georgetown University
Human Trafficking is a grave human rights violation. Yet, the international human rights framework has been limited in its ability to effectively address the multiple forms of human rights violations caused by human trafficking. This panel will discuss the human rights aspects of forced labor, sexual exploitation and child labor, and explore ways to strengthen international human rights law and advocacy to prevent and protect individuals from human trafficking and ensure full realization of human rights worldwide.
5:30-7:30PM Keynote Speaker & Reception
Nicole Phillips, Institute for Justice and Democracy, Haiti.
Introduced by: Bev Emery, Crime Victim Policy Specialist, Office of Crimes Victim Advocacy


8:30-9:00AM Registration & Breakfast
9:00-10:30AM Public Health Panel
Moderator: Dr. Suzanne Poppema
1. Dr. Suzanne Poppema, Director of Medical International Consulting
2. Katherine Chon, Senior Advisor on Trafficking in Persons, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
3. Misa Nguyen, Project Manager, Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition
Health care providers are in a unique and powerful position to help victims of human trafficking, as they see victims while they are still under the control of their captor(s). This presents a crucial opportunity for timely identification and intervention. This panel will provide an overview of the public health perspective of human trafficking and will focus on best practices for physicians and all health care providers to recognize and treat victims of human trafficking, including the innovative work of the Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition in creating a health care training program and the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
10:30-10:45AM Break
10:45AM-12:15PM How Survivor Services Can Be Improved
Moderator: Emma Catague, Community Organizing Program Manager, API-Chaya and Vanessa Lanza, Director of Partnerships, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
1. Kanthi Salgadu, Member of the CAST Survivor Advisory Caucus and National Survivor Network
2. Jayson De Guzman Member of the CAST Survivor Advisory Caucus and National Survivor Network
3. Ima Matul, Survivor Organizer, Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
Who better to tell us about the needs and experiences of human trafficking survivors than survivors themselves? This panel will draw insights from the perspectives of trafficking survivors and the contexts in which they were trafficked. Based on their experiences, survivors will discuss their health care needs, how human trafficking can be prevented, the “good” and the “bad” of survivor services and how they can be improved.
12:15-12:30PM Break
12:30-2:30PMLunch – Ethical Sourcing & Sustainable Development
Moderator: Rogers Weeds, Director of the WA State Department of Commerce
1. Vanessa Lanza, Director of Partnerships, CAST
2. Julie Wade, Director & Corporate Counsel, Starbucks Law & Corporate Affairs Starbucks
3. Jasmine Marwaha, United HERE 8
Whether workers are direct employees or twelve contractors removed, corporations and governments play a pivotal role in protecting workers around the globe through ethical sourcing and sustainable development business practices. This panel will provide an overview of the “California Transparency in Supply Chains Act” and its focus will range from the importance of ethical sourcing practices in our hospitality industry to protect its workers, to broad corporate-social responsibility strategies that promote sustainable development practices and encourage safe and fair working conditions for workers both domestically and internationally.
2:30-2:45PM Break
2:45-4:15PM Humanizing the Impacts of Human Trafficking
Moderator: Sean O’Donnell, King County Superior Court Judge-elect
1. Suchi Sharma, Counsel, Policy and Regulatory Development, Department of Labor and Industries
2. Todd Rignel, Special Agent, Homeland Security Investigations
3. Dr. Sutapa Basu, Executive Director, University of Washington Women’s Center
Law enforcement agencies are often the first to identify and respond to instances of human trafficking. The panel will highlight the victim/survivor centered approaches of such agencies and their collaborative role within the network of service providers. The panel will also examine particular challenges and concerns raised in connection with immigration and labor raids and criminal prosecutions, and ways to continue to improve humanizing the treatment of survivors locally and internationally.
4:15-4:30PM Concluding Remarks
Former Representative Velma Veloria, Washington State Representative 1993-2004
Dr. Sutapa Basu, Executive Director, University of Washington Women’s Center