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Rethinking Human Trafficking

Ambassador Luis CdeBaca opened the conference by describing his work to combat human trafficking at the State Department. His approach, he said, is shaped by principles embedded in the United Nations Protocol against Trafficking in Persons, as well as the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000. The enactment of this statute was, according to CdeBaca, a turning point in the America's approach to trafficking, one that draws on the lessons of the movement against domestic violence that had promoted greater sensitivity to the plight of victims.

Traffic Jam: Gender, Labor, Migration and Trafficking in Dubai

Mahdavi began the discussion by acknowledging the sensitive nature of the trafficking issue and indicating that she would speak to the issue from an anthropological approach. While detailing an anecdote from her experiences in the United Arab Emirates, Mahdavi highlighted many of the positive effects that the UAE's nascent civil society has provided to trafficked victims, including linguistic skills to offer legal assistance. With the release of the Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP), Mahdavi indicated that this civil society was wiped out, along with many of the services it provided.

Book Launch: <i>My Prison, My Home: One Woman's Story of Captivity in Iran</i>

In 2007, Middle East Program Director Haleh Esfandiari was detained in Iran for eight months, undergoing lengthy government interrogations and spending 105 days in solitary confinement at Evin Prison, erroneously accused of trying to foment a velvet revolution. Her new book, My Prison, My Home, chronicles her interrogation and incarceration, set against the backdrop of fond memories of her Iranian upbringing, with insights into the current troubled political climate.

Islam, Gender and Reproductive Health: Part 5 of 6

This event was co-sponsored by the Environmental Change and Security Project, and supported by USAID's Office of Population and Reproductive Health and the Interagency Gender Working Group.

Women, Islam and Human Rights in Africa

In discussing some of the major issues concerning women’s position under Islamic law in Nigeria, Ayesha Imam, as keynote speaker, stated that Shari’a law is neither divine nor unchangeable. Although many Muslims and non-Muslims believe that Shari’a law is found in the Koran, she argued that this is not the case.

Islam at the EU Border: Muslim Minorities in Greece and Bulgaria

Over the last 20 years, Bulgaria and Greece have pursued variable and divergent policies toward their Muslim minorities. During a brief period near the end of the Communist regime, Bulgaria forced Turks to assimilate. This policy was abandoned by the democratic government that took power in the 1990s. At the same time, Greece recognized its Muslim minority and facilitated the "Turkification" of its Muslim citizens throughout the 1980s, but then abandoned that policy by blocking minority rights in the 1990s.

Human Rights Approaches to Religion: Implications for Euro-Islamic Relations

Dean Evans' analysis is based upon his personal legal perspectives on the emerging phenomenon of freedom of religion and human rights in Europe. The protection of religious interests of communities within Europe by extracting guarantees on how particular religious minority groups might be treated in states when either new states were coming into being or as territory was changing hands was established following the First World War. Though it is easy to believe this was intended to protect freedom of religion and belief in its current form, it was not.

Report Release: "Organizations Working with Latina Immigrants: Resources and Strategies for Change"

Sara Manzano-Díaz, Director of the Women's Bureau, United States Department of Labor; Heidi Hartmann, President, Institute for Women's Policy Research; Patricia Foxen, Associate Director for Research, National Council of La Raza; Jane Henrici, study director, Institute for Women's Policy Research; Cynthia Hess, study director, Institute for Women's Policy Research; Barbara Gault, executive director and vice president, Institute for Women's Policy Research; Maricela Garcia, Director for Capacity-Building, NCLR; Lydia Guzman, President,

Women in Developing Countries: Sowing the Seeds for the Future

On July 30, 2010, Wilson Center on the Hill sponsored an event looking at the challenges faced by women in developing countries, and how the United States can shape a new, more effective development policy that recognizes the key role of women.