Date(s) - 10/11/17
5:15 pm - 7:30 pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Dick Durbin, Opening Remarks: United States Senator, Illinois; Marian Hatcher, Senior Project Manager, Human Trafficking Coordinator, Cook County Sheriff’s Office; Rochelle Keyhan , Director of Disruption Strategies, Polaris; Brenda Myers-Powell, The Dreamcatcher Foundation. Moderated by Laura Ng, Executive Director, Traffick Free.
Human trafficking is a $150 billion dollar industry, and is the fastest growing criminal enterprise globally. While a global concern, the epidemic is close to home as O’Hare is the world’s fourth-busiest airport, and Chicago currently ranks third in the country for the highest levels of human trafficking. While the majority of identified victims tend to be domestic-born girls and women, vulnerable populations such as migrants and refugees, are also at a greater risk of being trafficked, particularly women and children. From spa and massage parlors to internet chat rooms, how are organizations and governments working to identify and tackle human trafficking channels? What role can technology play in combatting trafficking and how can frontline responders intervene?
Opening Remarks: United States Senator, Illinois
Dick Durbin is Illinois’ senior senator and the convener of Illinois’ bipartisan congressional delegation. He has served as the Democratic Whip, the second ranking position in the Democratic Caucus, since 2005. Senator Durbin is the ranking member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. During his time in the Senate, he has held hearings on human trafficking and related issues, including a 2007 hearing examining legal options to stop trafficking. He also has passed human trafficking-related legislation addressing the prosecution of perpetrators of international human trafficking, child marriage prevention, and child soldiers as well as provided first time development assistance to help former slaves in Mauritania acclimate back into society. Prior to joining the US Senate, he was a member of the US House of Representatives. Senator Durbin received his BSFS from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and his JD from Georgetown University.