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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 1, 2003

Sok To Discuss Child Trafficking In Asia At CAPS Brown Bag Lunch Oct. 3

"Trafficking of Children: A Modern Form of Slavery in Asia" will be the topic of a lecture by Chivy Sok, deputy director of the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights, at the Center for Asian Pacific Studies (CAPS) brown bag lunch. The lecture will be Friday, Oct. 3, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Michigan Room, third floor of the Iowa Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

"We often think that slavery is a thing of the past, an era gone by," Sok said. "The unfortunate truth is that slavery, in its modern form, is alive and flourishing."

Sok will discuss the current human trafficking problems in Asia as a form of modern-day slavery.

Sok joined the UI Center for Human Rights after five years of working at Columbia University's Center for the Study of Human Rights. During her time at Columbia University, she held the position of coordinator and later program director. Sok is currently the project director of the Child Labor Research Initiative. Sok holds a master's degree in international affairs with a concentration in East Asia and human rights from Columbia University.

The event is co-sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights. For more information or special accommodations to attend this lecture, call CAPS at 319-335-1305.

CAPS strives to support new faculty appointments and encourages curricular and programmatic innovations designed to strengthen the educational programs of the university. CAPS seeks and offers support for faculty research projects designed to generate new knowledge about the institutions and cultures of East Asia, and facilitates student and faculty exchanges with universities and institutes in East Asia. The center also sponsors campus programs and outreach activities that increase awareness and appreciation of Asian societies and cultures, disseminates information about East Asia to interested persons within and outside the university, and maintains ties with an active network of scholarly and civil groups around the state.

CAPS was established in 1986 with a generous endowment gift from E & M Charities and the Stanley family of Muscatine, Iowa. CAPS' mission is to promote teaching, research, and outreach related to East and Southeast Asia.

CAPS is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost for academic program and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

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CONTACT: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Writer: Kent Nguyen