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Lecture on Human Trafficking, Modern Slavery, Nov. 13

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Posted: Thursday Nov 7, 2013

Nov. 7, 2013

Saint Vincent College School of Humanities and Fine Arts, Campus Ministry and the A.L.I.V.E. Social Justice Committee will present a lecture by Dr. Mary Burke of Carlow University and co-founder of the Project to End Human Trafficking, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 in the Fred M. Rogers Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College. Admission is free and open to the public.

Burke is a faculty member in the department of psychology and counseling at Carlow University where she led the development of the university’s first doctoral program. She now oversees the program which uses the lens of social justice and feminism to enhance understanding of the ways in which oppression contributes to psychological distress.

Burke’s scholarship and activism is in the area of human rights and specifically addresses the issue of human trafficking. In 2004 she founded the Project to End Human Trafficking (www.endhumantrafficking.org), a United States-based group that consults regionally, nationally and internationally on the issue of trafficking. In this role, Burke has given more than 150 talks and trainings about human trafficking both in the United States and abroad, including invited talks at the United Nations. She has begun anti-trafficking coalitions in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia and consulted on the development of coalitions in other regions. In addition, she has spoken to various state and regional elected officials in Pennsylvania and Virginia regarding this issue and has worked on legislation in these states in support of strengthening human trafficking laws. Most recently in Pennsylvania, Burke was invited by the Joint State Government Commission of the General Assembly of Pennsylvania to participate on the Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking formed pursuant to Pennsylvania Senate Resolution 253.

In 2005 Burke founded the Southwestern Pennsylvania Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition (http://www.swpaahtc.org) which she now collaboratively facilitates with colleagues in the Pittsburgh FBI Office. Internationally, Burke has worked in a number of countries including Tajikistan, Dominican Republic, South Korea, Serbia and Liberia and a longer-term project in Costa Rica where she worked in the Tamarindo region with members of that community to stop the sex trafficking of women and girls. Most recently she is working in Uganda on projects to prevent the trafficking of children and young adults.

Burke is a member of the American Psychological Association Task Force on the Trafficking of Women and Girls and is working to advance knowledge about current best practices regarding work with survivors. She recently published a multi-disciplinary textbook on human trafficking through Routledge/Taylor Francis.

The Saint Vincent lecture, coordinated by Maggie Loya, a sophomore management and psychology major and theology minor from St. Augustine, Fla., will be preceded by an information fair in the Robert S. Carey Student Center Lounge from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a 4:15 p.m. Mass in the Mary, Mother of Wisdom Student Chapel, and followed by a student art auction to raise money for community education and direct aid to trafficking victims. All proceeds will benefit the Project to End Human Trafficking.

Reservations for the lecture may be made online at www.signupgenius.com by entering Margaret.loya@email.stvincent.edu in the find-a-sign-up search bar.

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Photo: Mary Burke 

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