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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 31, 2005

Law School Hosts Human Trafficking Discussion

The University of Iowa College of Law will host a discussion about human trafficking and sex slavery featuring three university members who have worked to fight the practice.

The discussion, "Stolen Lives," will be held Thursday, Feb. 3, at 12:40 p.m. in room 225 of the Boyd Law Building. Admission is free and open to the public. The discussion will also touch on the trafficking problem in the U.S. and how people can fight sex trafficking.

On the panel will be Mark Sidel, a UI law professor; Claire Cardwell, a counselor in the UI Office of International Student Services; and Meredith Good, a UI graduate student in nursing and interdisciplinary studies and a graduate assistant in the UI Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. They will discuss their experiences in and observations of human trafficking in Kosovo, Russia, Vietnam and China.

Sidel is a specialist on law in China and Vietnam and studies human trafficking in those countries. He provided research that recently helped the U.S. Department of Justice convict a Korean factory owner who was using trafficked Vietnamese and Chinese labor at a factory on the U.S. Pacific island territory of Samoa.

Cardwell spent one year living in Kosovo providing support for children and families, with particular involvement in issues of domestic violence and sexual assault. She will discuss her experiences in Kosovo concerning trafficking and prostitution and how she learned to deal with the UN police, laws or lack thereof, and the difficulties in trying to protect women.

Good lived in Moscow, Russia, as a research intern with the MiraMed Institute and Angel Coalition working with marginalized populations. She will discuss her experiences helping trafficking victims during her internship.

The discussion is sponsored by the Iowa Coalition for Human Rights and co-sponsored by the Organization for Women Law Students and Staff and the Asian American Law Student Association.

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