The WACA National Office partners with think tanks, foundations, NGOs, corporations, and occasionally government agencies to arrange timely "national conversations" at several World Affairs Councils across the country on critical international topics.
Presented by The Carlson Family Foundation
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.