Faculty and Students at The Ohio State University

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We want to engage the faculty, students and staff of The Ohio State University with the issue of modern-day slavery and have prepared a list of professionals from front-line organizations in the battle against slavery.  Below you will find a list of well-prepared lecture options for in-class presentations from specialists from World Vision, the Not for Sale Campaign, International Justice Mission, Hagar International other NGO and non-profit organizations.  To book a speaker for your class during the week of April 19th-April 23, please contact Howard Van Cleave at van-cleave.3@osu.edu.

  • The Power of Open Source Activism: Modern-day slavery affects us all. Effectively ending modern-day slavery will require every person to become a modern-day abolitionist.  Through an examination of the Not For Sale Campaign and modern-day abolitionist movement the power of open source activism and the need for engagement to create a populous movement to end slavery will be discussed.  Particularly focused towards social science students studying contemporary movements or societies.
  • Music and Social Justice (Brant Christopher): What happens when you take the most powerful medium in the world and apply it to issues of Social Justice? Life change…literally.  Learn how to use music as a platform to inspire and motivate others to change from the inside out. Find your inner “Bono” and rock someone’s world!
  • Consumer Connection to Slavery: A detailed examination of the production of any major consumer good may uncover the consumer connection to slavery. Whether it’s the coffee, chocolate, shirt, or car individuals buy consumers may be perpetuating slavery in unknown ways.   Understanding how slavery can occur within global production is crucial if consumers desire to fight modern-day slavery.   Recommended audience: Classes within the business school discussing production processes or corporate management.
  • Work is Good: Using Social Enterprise in Victim Recovery: For complete recovery, trafficking survivors need to re-integrate to mainstream society and support themselves long-term. At the appropriate point in emotional and physical recovery, work becomes very good. This presentation describes Hagar International’s model, using social enterprise to support economic empowerment of survivors. Hagar businesses are run as full-scale, commercial operations, with a central mission to employ otherwise unemployable women. Established in Cambodia, Hagar is currently expanding into Afghanistan and Vietnam. Suggested audiences: Business, International Business, Women’s Studies.
  • Restoring Hope: Recovery Services to Children Trafficked for Sex: Children suffer unspeakable abuse while enslaved by traffickers. A dramatic rescue brings them swiftly to safety, but the recovery process typically takes years. Quality aftercare includes nurturing residential care, intensive counseling, investigation of the child’s family of origin, ‘catchup’ education, and long-term reintegration options. Through this presentation, learn about Hagar’s aftercare model, which has been recognized as a ‘promising practice’ by the US Department of State. Suggested audiences: Social Work, Education, Counseling, Nursing/Health, Women’s Studies.
  • On the Ground in Cambodia, Afghanistan, and Vietnam: Issues in Trafficking and Victim Recovery: Hagar International has served in Cambodia since 1994 and has expanded into Afghanistan and Vietnam more recently. This presentation will zero in on country-specific issues. What is the scope of the problem; what’s being done; what is the prognosis for the future? Political, religious, cultural differences abound. Human slavery is abominable in any locale; hear what one organization has learned about the different contexts.  Suggested audiences: International Studies, Political Science, Geography, Women’s Studies.
  • Leveraging a Career in Computer Science to Combat Trafficking: Using a Career in Computer Science, Graphic Design, and Information Systems to Combat Trafficking this presentation will focus using web technology to combat trafficking. From creating designs and microsites for multiple advocacy campaigns, including the Human Wrong Initiative to Stop Child Slavery project in cooperation with World Vision, IJM, and Sojourners, this presentation will focus on the practical use of computer sciences in the abolitionist movement.