Anybody can fall prey to human traffickers but some populations are more at risk than others. Those who face racism, sexism, and other social barriers are particularly vulnerable to this form of modern-day enslavement. Join us for a meaningful moderated discussion with Dr. Earl Lewis and Ra’Shya Ghee, as we explore the intersection of human trafficking, race, gender, and class.
Earl Lewis is a noted social historian and author. He is the former Director of the Center for Afro- American & African Studies and former President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Lewis currently serves as the Founding Director of the Center for Social Solutions at the University of Michigan. The center addresses three core areas of social concern including diversity and race, water, and the future of work. The center also has the Third Slavery Project (TSP), a multi-pronged, multi-layered, coordinated initiative for locating solutions to the present-day problems of involuntary servitude, forced labor, human trafficking, and other contemporary forms of slavery-like practices.
Ra’Shya Ghee is a former trial lawyer with years of experience in the areas of criminal defense and family law in Ohio. Her scholarly expertise focuses on racial inequality. She currently teaches Race and American Law at the University of Toledo College of Law and works as a staff attorney at Advocating Opportunity making racism visible in the anti-trafficking movement.
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