Human trafficking panel April 7 at law school

Leading experts will convene for a discussion panel on “Labor and Migration Effects of Human Trafficking” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom of Anheuser-Busch Hall.

The panel, hosted by the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work and Social Capital at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, is free and open to the public and is part of a university-wide initiative on human trafficking. The event is co-sponsored by WUSTL’s Law & Culture Initiative.

Panelists are:

Bridgette Carr, JD, professor of law and director of the Clinic on Human Trafficking at the University of Michigan. Carr focuses her research and teaching on human trafficking, immigration and human rights. Previous scholarship and clinical work has centered on the plight of asylum seekers, battered immigrants and victims of human trafficking.

Suzanne LeLaurin, senior vice president for individuals and families at the International Institute of St. Louis. LeLaurin plans, monitors and evaluates the operations of social services/mental health, employment, education and the youth/elderly departments at the institute. She is chair of the St. Louis human trafficking coalition.

Kerry Rittich, associate professor on the faculty of Law and the Women’s and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. Rittich teaches and writes in the areas of international law and international institutions, law and development, human rights, labor law and critical and feminist theory.

Chantal Thomas, JD, professor of law and director of the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa at Cornell University. She focuses her scholarship on the relationship between international law, political economy and global social justice in a variety of contexts. Thomas teaches in the areas of international development law, international trade law, corporations, contracts and law and globalization.

Adrienne D. Davis, JD, the William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law at Washington University School of Law, will moderate the panel.

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