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Seminar Focuses on Human Trafficking in Utah and the U.S.

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November 30, 2010
For Immediate Release

For more information: Michael Minch (801) 863-7482
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Denise Windley (801) 234-0856

Utah Valley University’s Peace and Justice Studies program will host a seminar about human trafficking in Utah on Dec. 2 from 1-3:30 p.m. in the UVU Library lecture hall, room LI 120.

Aimed at educating the UVU campus community and the public about modern-day human trafficking in the state and across the country, Slavery in Utah: Human Trafficking will include a presentation, a screening of the documentary “Playground,” and an expert panel discussion. The newly released film, directed by Libby Spears and produced by actor George Clooney, examines child trafficking and exploitation in North America.

Over 200,000 people are trafficked each year in the U.S. alone.

Experts from Utah agencies including Child Rescue, Operation 61, and the Utah Health and Human Rights Project (UHHR), will accompany leaders in legal matters and law enforcement in a panel discussion on the issue as it affects Utah. The expert panel will include Lindsay Hadley, executive director of Child Rescue; Salt Lake City Police Detective Rob Woodbury; Utah Human Trafficking Attorney Virginia Sudbury; Gina Bellzatine, program coordinator of Victim Services with the Utah Health and Human Rights Project; and the executive director of Operation 61, Brad Manuel.

The University endeavors to provide students and the community with a broad spectrum of opinions and perspectives without necessarily endorsing them.

For more information about this event, please contact Michael Minch, director of Peace and Justice Studies, at 801-863-7482 or mminch@uvu.edu.

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