Human Trafficking: Lifting the Veil on Modern-Day Slavery

March 18, 2016

The Atlanta Council on International Relations (ACIR) presents “Human Trafficking:Lifting the Veil on Modern-Day Slavery” featuring a panel of experts:

Susan Coppedge, Ambassador-at-Large, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons,U.S. Department of State
Camila Wright, Human Trafficking Prosecutor, Georgia Office of the Attorney General
Moderator: Laura Dean, Assistant Professor, Clayton State University

 Date: Friday, March 18, 2016

Time:Lunch:  12:00 – 1:30 p.m

Place: City Club of Buckhead, 3343 Peachtree Road, NE, Suite 1850, Atlanta, 30305 (note: free parking available)

Cost: Lunch & Program for non-members $40
For members $30
ACIR yearly membership $50

Susan Coppedge

Susan Coppedge is the Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State. She was confirmed by the Senate and appointed by President Obama in October 2015 to lead the United States’ global engagement against human trafficking. Ambassador Coppedge directs the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, which assesses global trends, provides strategic foreign assistance funding, and engages foreign governments, civil society, other federal agencies and key stakeholders in the fight against modern slavery.

 Ambassador Coppedge previously served for 15 years as Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia. She prosecuted more than 45 human traffickers in federal cases involving transnational and domestic sex trafficking of adults and children, and labor trafficking. These prosecutions brought perpetrators to justice and assisted more than 90 victims of trafficking. Ambassador Coppedge carries with her the stories of these survivors, many of whom thought the system would never stand up for them. She has also worked closely with nongovernmental organizations in conducting community outreach and providing vital services for victims.

 In recognition of her achievements, Ambassador Coppedge received the Department of Justice’s Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney and two United States Attorney’s Awards. Ambassador Coppedge has trained international, national, and local law enforcement and represented the United States on a United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Expert Working Group developing an international reporting system for human trafficking. She was also awarded a Fulbright/Ian Axford Fellowship in Public Policy, through which she spent six months with New Zealand’s Ministry of Justice researching, evaluating, and reporting on New Zealand’s human trafficking laws and prosecutions.

 Ambassador Coppedge entered her service with the Department of Justice through the Honors Program, working in the Environmental Enforcement Section and earning the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award, Outstanding Legal Achievement for Support of Litigation, for United States v. Koch. Ambassador Coppedge clerked for United States District Judge William C. O’Kelley in the Northern District of Georgia. She received her law degree from Stanford University and her undergraduate degree from Duke University.

Camila Wright

Camila Wright was appointed by Attorney General Sam Olens in 2014 to be a prosecutor at the Attorney General’s Office dedicated to the prosecution of human trafficking. As a prosecutor for the Attorney General’s Office, she has the authority to prosecute human trafficking throughout the entire state and assists jurisdictions as they work these complex cases. In addition to handling prosecutions, Ms. Wright conducts trainings around the state and across the country for law enforcement and oversees the Attorney General’s policy agenda on human trafficking.

Prior to this position she was the head of the Human Trafficking Unit for the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office where she was responsible for the prosecution of all cases related to human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children.  She prosecuted the first case of human trafficking against a buyer and prosecuted several traffickers who ended up with sentences of Life without Parole.   She focuses on the domestic trafficking of children, and the majority of her work involves young local girls who are manipulated and trafficked into a life of prostitution.  She works closely with the FBI, GBI, ICE, local law enforcement agencies and other community partners to investigate and prosecute trafficking cases.

Ms. Wright has prosecuted many human traffickers in Fulton County, Georgia, and many of the traffickers she has prosecuted have received life sentences.   She has convicted buyers as well as sellers of human trafficking.   She actively participates in the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council CSEC Taskforce, the FBI MATCH Taskforce, and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Multi-Disciplinary Team.  She also trains law enforcement, prosecutors and forensic interviewers across the state to investigate and prosecute human trafficking crimes.  She obtained her J.D. from the University of North Carolina and her L.L.M in International Law from the University of Amsterdam, and was a researcher at the University of Amsterdam in the field of International Law. 

Laura A. Dean

Laura A. Dean is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Clayton State University. She started researching human trafficking in 2007-2008 with a Fulbright research grant to Latvia where she conducted research at the Resource Centre for Women Marta, the leading women’s non-governmental organization and rehabilitation center for trafficking victims in that country. She has a certificate in “Human Trafficking Victim Rehabilitation and Reintegration Institutional Cooperation” from the Latvian Interior Ministry and represented ‘Marta’ at the United Nations General Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN GIFT) Vienna Forum. Laura worked as a Human Trafficking Research Assistant at the Institute for Policy and Social Research, has given numerous guest lectures on this topic around the world, and consulted for the BBC World Service and Dutch Radio on human trafficking and sex tourism in Eastern Europe.

In 2012-2013 she spent 15 months conducting fieldwork in Ukraine, Latvia, and Russia on human trafficking for her dissertation research which examined policy approaches aimed at addressing human trafficking in the countries of the former Soviet Union. She currently working on a book manuscript based on her dissertation entitled “Beyond the Natasha Effect: Determinants of Human Trafficking Policy Variation in the Post-Soviet Region.” In 2015, she was appointed to the Georgia Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force.

Laura Dean received her PhD in Political Science from the University of Kansas in 2014. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, an M.A. in Political Science and from the University of Kansas as well as an M.A. in International Studies focusing on Russian, East European, and Central Asian Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. Her research has been supported by the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright Program, Rotary Foundation, and published in Human Rights Review and Femina Politica, the Feminist Journal of Political Science.

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