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Combating Human Trafficking

2014 Program

Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation has officially renewed funding of the World Affairs Councils of America's national program on combating human trafficking. More than 30 World Affairs Councils participated in the 2013 program, which featured screenings of the documentary film Not My Life. The 2014 program will feature discussion forums as well as film showings. More than 30 Councils have been selected to participate in the 2014 program. The application deadline has passed and selected Councils will be notified in the coming weeks.

As you know, 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.

Confirmed Events


March 28, 2014 - World Affairs Council of New Hampshire

April 16, 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 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 6/7, 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 4, 2014 - Vermont Council on World Affairs



World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinatti 

Minnesota International Center

World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh

Colorado Springs World Affairs Council

San Diego World Affairs Council 

World Affairs Council of Las Vegas

Tennessee World Affairs Council



2013 Program

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.
2013 Events:
September 24, 2013 - Dayton Council on World Affairs
September 29, 2013 - Tennessee World Affairs Council
October 3-4, 2013 - Juneau World Affairs Council
November 14, 2013 - World Affairs Council of West Central Illinois



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1918 Society

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1918 Society Members

Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York


The Claremont Group

The Coca-Cola Company

Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Eden Hall Foundation


Foreign Policy Association

The Gambrinus Company

Global Ties U.S.

Goldman Sachs


The Holmes Organisation

Johnson + Sterling

Mr. Michael Phillip


Rational Middle Energy Series


Rosetta Stone


Thomson Reuters

Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP

Turkish Cultural Foundation

Van Andel Institute