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Evolving Strategies for the Reintegration of Women and Girls in the Aftermath of Sex Slavery

“From Survival to Freedom: Evolving Strategies for the Reintegration of Women and Girls in the Aftermath of Sex Slavery”

 

Elizabeth Swanson Goldberg, PhD
Professor, English, Babson College
Board Chair, Made By Survivors and Faculty Director, Made By Survivors Microsupply Chain Laboratory

When sex slavery is depicted in the media, the emphasis is often upon the spectacular moment of rescue.  While the moment of liberation is, of course, critical, this talk will explore the ongoing process of living into freedom for survivors of cross-border trafficking.  What political conditions create fertile ground for trafficking?  And what happens when survivors are repatriated to those very source regions—their homes—after having been “rescued”?  What options are available for reintegrating in a way that protects survivors from being re-trafficked or otherwise vulnerable to exploitation?  Reporting upon her work with the international NGO Made By Survivors, Professor Elizabeth Goldberg will explore the problems of poverty, political instability, and ongoing gender injustice that inform the current phenomenon of trafficking, while also sharing news from the field of long-term strategies for empowering survivors economically and socially to live fully into free, independent lives.  

Sponsored by the Center on Gender, Security and Human Rights

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit www.ada.umb.edu two weeks prior to the event.