Combating Human Trafficking
WACA was happy to work with the Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation over the last two years. More than 30 World Affairs Councils participated in both the 2013 and 2014 programs, which featured discussion forums and screenings of films related to the topics of discussion.
WACA's 2013 National Conference in November featured a keynote address by Marilyn Carlson Nelson, former Chairman and CEO, Carlson, Inc. U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Co-chairs of the Senate Caucus to End Human Trafficking, joined the keynote discussion. It is both an honor and a responsibility that WACA embraces to advance public dialogue on this critical topic.
The Combatting Human Trafficking program series provided for 31 local World Affairs Councils to build upon the Not My Life film series on human trafficking that was conducted the previous year. The events featured screenings of the film Not My Life in conjunction with a variety of keynote addresses and expert panels to discuss human trafficking issues. The events were attended by high school and university students and educators, civic and business leaders, non-profit organization members, law enforcement personnel and media representatives.
The Councils scheduled a variety of keynote speakers and expert panels to educate participants on Human Trafficking. These events allowed our Councils to foster conversations about solutions to the problem of human trafficking. Featured speakers and experts included human trafficking survivors, law enforcement officials, state Attorney Generals, and representatives from various local anti-human-trafficking organizations.
March 28, 2014 - World Affairs Council of New Hampshire
April 16 and 17, 2014 - Montana World Affairs Council
June 14, 2014 - World Affairs Council of Harrisburg
June 25, 2014 - World Affairs Council of Oregon
July 10, 2014 - World Affairs Council - Washington DC
July 16, 2014 - World Affairs Council - Washington DC
September 1, 2014 - South Dakota World Affairs Council
September 15, 2014 - WorldBoston
September 16, 2014 - Alaska World Affairs Council
September 16, 2014 - International Center of the Capital Region
September 16, 2014 - World Affairs Council of Connecticut
September 18, 2014 - World Affairs Council of Northwest Ohio
September 19, 2014 - World Affairs Council of Austin
September 22, 2014 - World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley
September 24, 2014 - World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley
October 2, 2014 - Institute of World Affairs
October 7, 2014 - Columbus Council on World Affairs
Ocober 8, 2014 - World Affairs Council, Orange County
October 9, 2014 - Columbus Council on World Affairs
October 15, 2014 - Sarasota World Affairs Council
October 21, 2014 - Minnesota International Center
October 22, 2014 - World Affairs Council Seattle
October 23, 2014 - Peoria World Affairs Council
October 24, 2014 - World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area
October 27, 2014 - Columbia World Affairs Council
October 28, 2014 - Peoria World Affairs Council
November 6 and 7, 2014 - World Affairs Council of the Desert
November 11, 2014 - Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy
November 12, 2014 - World Affairs Council of South Texas
November 17, 2014 - Vermont Council on World Affairs
November 18, 2014 - International Relations Council
November 19, 2014 - World Affairs Council of Northern California
November 22, 2014 - Pacific and Asian Affairs Council
December 3, 2014 - World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinatti
December 4, 2014 - Vermont Council on World Affairs
January 28, 2015 - World Affairs Council of Las Vegas
Film Series: Not My Life
The World Affairs Councils of America has received a grant from Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation to bring attention to the critical issue of human trafficking and modern slavery. The program series will feature screenings of the documentary film Not My Life by Robert Bilheimer and Worldwide Documentaries in all participating council communities.
About the Film
Not My Life, directed by Oscar nominee Robert Bilheimer, probes the dark, hidden, and often unspeakable realities of human trafficking and modern-day slavery-- multi-billion dollar global industries that earn their profits, as the film's narration says, "on the backs and in the beds of our planet's youth." The film is part of a global awareness campaign on modern slavery.
November 14, 2013 - World Affairs Council of West Central Illinois