You've probably heard of global human trafficking, but what does it actually mean? Join us on Wednesday, March 29, 2:30 – 4:30 pm, Dana Room (Dana Library, 4th floor), for our weekly colloquium with DGA Associate Director Natalie Jesionka. This talk breaks down the complexity of global human trafficking and aims to dispel popular myths about trafficking seen in the media and global policy. Students will leave the talk understanding basic definitions of human trafficking, types of human trafficking, media myths, and the grey area of working in the human trafficking field.
One of DGA's own graduates, Natalie Jesionka is the Associate Director at the Division of Global Affairs. She is also a lecturer of Sociology and Anthropology and Women’s Studies at Rutgers University Newark where she teaches Human Rights, Human Trafficking, and International Development.
Her work in higher education includes serving as Assistant Dean of Academic and Student Services, and Director of International Programs at universities in Norway and New York City. Natalie is the Founder of the PRIZM Project, a human rights education organization for young women.
Natalie has and continues to shed light on untold human rights stories researching and reporting on issues such as refugee rights and human trafficking around the world. She served as a Fulbright Scholar in Thailand, researching stateless Hill Tribes and examining the origins of human trafficking. The work led to a partnership with Shine Global, an Oscar Award-winning non-profit production company, on the upcoming documentary film The Wrong Light. During her research, Natalie was appointed a Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at Bangkok University.
Further to that, Natalie has served on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA and serves on the Board of Giving Way. She penned the column "Travel Mirror” for The Daily Muse, focusing on best practices in volunteering and international development. She serves as the Editor of Shatter the Looking Glass, an online magazine that focuses on ethical travel.
In 2014 she was awarded the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans to further her research in counter-trafficking efforts around the world. Her work on trafficking has appeared in Mashable, Forbes, and Glamour.
Speaker: Natalie Jesionka
Title: “Human Trafficking Myths and Reality”
Date: Wednesday, March 29th
Time: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Dana Room, Dana Library (4th floor)