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Religious Responses to Modern Slavery

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Schapiro Center for Engineering and Physical Science Research (CESPR) Davis Auditorium

 The Center for the study of Science and Religion presents, "Religious Responses to Modern Slavery."

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Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster is the Director of North American Programs for T'ruah, where she directs campaigns against modern-day slavery, solitary confinement and torture, and anti-Muslim bigotry. Ordained in 2008 from the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she was a student activist and leader, she is a noted speaker and writer on Judaism and human rights, including speaking internationally on behalf of the U.S. State Department on the issue of human trafficking. Her writing has appeared on CNN.com, the New Jersey Star Ledger, the Forward, the New York Daily News, the Huffington Post, and many other publications. Rabbi Kahn-Troster was named to theJewish Week's 2011 "36 under 36" for her human rights activism. She serves on the board of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture and lives in Teaneck, New Jersey, with her husband, Dr. Paul Pelavin, and their daughters Liora and Aliza. The Rev. Noelle Damico is national staff for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), a 2.1 million member Protestant denomination, serving as the Associate for Fair Food within the Presbyterian Hunger Program. Since 2002, she has coordinated the PC(USA) Campaign for Fair Food, the churchs partnership with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to address modern slavery in the US agricultural industry by advancing human rights for farmworkers and socially responsible purchasing in the food industry. She was also a reviewer for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europes internal 2011 paper The Implementation and Enforcement of Codes of Conduct inthe Private Sector to Reduce Demand for the Services of or Goods Produced by People who have been Trafficked and, in April 2012, keynoted on the Fair Food Program as an effective private sector model for improving human rights at the NGO Working Group on Food and Hunger Policy at the United Nations.

In 2010, she was a keynote panelist at the US Department of Justice National Human Trafficking Conference. She holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College and an M.Div. and Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Shonnie Ball is the Acting Senior Coordinator for Public Engagement for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons in U.S. Department of State.