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Kent State University’s School of Communication Studies to Host Panel Discussion on Human Trafficking

Kent State University’s School of Communication Studies will host its Global Issues Forum on Human Trafficking: A Global and Local Epidemic on April 6 at 7 p.m. in the Moulton Ballroom. The forum will feature a panel discussion on human trafficking and its global and local occurrence.

The panelists for the evening include:
•    Kathleen Chandler. Currently serving on the Board of County Commissioners. She was elected in 2005 to the Ohio House of Representatives where she crafted legislation to make human trafficking a crime.
•    Eric Heisig. Federal courts reporter for cleveland.com. He wrote a series of articles about a human trafficking ring that brought young Guatemalans to the U.S. and forced them to work on egg farms in central Ohio. He has also written about other cases involving sex and labor trafficking.
•    Jason Motlagh. Award-winning writer, photographer and filmmaker. Formerly TIME Magazine’s Kabul correspondent, he has reported from more than forty countries for leading U.S. and international media. He is also a Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting journalist. His work for the Pulitzer Center focused on many topics including human trafficking.

Human trafficking is now considered the third largest international crime industry, falling behind only illegal drugs and arms trafficking.

 “The scope of this issue is truly global,” Dr. Paul Haridakis, School of Communication Studies professor, said. “We want to address the worldwide effect of trafficking and discuss how the topic is covered by the media. We are fortunate to have a panel of speakers who can share their insights and help educate our students and community.”  

The School of Communication Studies’ ongoing Global Issues Forum brings Pulitzer Center reporters to campus who offer personal and professional perspectives on how a news story is covered. The ongoing forum is an integral part of the school’s curriculum which includes a global communication major that prepares students to think critically and communicate globally. Previous forums have focused on the topics of fracking, women and children’s issues and the refugee crisis.

Kent State is part of the Pulitzer Center’s Campus Consortium network that includes more than 20 colleges and universities. The Campus Consortium initiative is a core component of the Center’s effort to create awareness campaigns around global systemic issues that affect us all. The Pulitzer Center promotes in-depth engagement with global affairs through its sponsorship of quality international journalism across all media platforms and an innovative program of outreach and education.

The Center for International & Intercultural Education at Kent State is a co-sponsor for this event. The forum is free and open to the public; but seating is limited. For those unable to travel to campus, the forum will be livestreamed at: http://bit.ly/22h2nRJ.