In the wake of a ballot vote on a state proposition on human trafficking and a lecture by one of the most prominent faces of the anti-trafficking movement, there are still many things USC students don’t know about human trafficking.
Thus the climate was ripe for a conference held on trafficking and migrant workers this past Saturday. The conference, “From Prosecution to Empowerment Fighting Human Trafficking and Promoting the Rights of Migrants,” focused on countering the traditional trafficking narrative portrayed in the United States and shifting its focus to the promotion of rights for trafficking victims, sex workers and migrant laborers inside and outside the country.
The event featured a keynote address by Ange-Marie Hancock, Associate Director of the USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration and a series of panels and workshops addressing topics such as farm and domestic workers, migrant children, curb campaigns and the generation of alternatives to the solutions that have been generated for human trafficking in the past.
The conference seemed timely, arriving just one day before what is “commonly known as the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States.”
The insights shared were phenomenal, the expertise sound, the anecdotes empowering. Those in attendance most certainly left with a broadened understanding of the issue of human trafficking and of international labor politics in general.