How did we get here?: History, Race, Trafficking and Public Health
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February 24, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST

How did we get here?: History, Race, Trafficking and Public Health

“Clinicians, historians, and anti-trafficking scholars discuss the connections between history, public health and social justice.

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As the pandemic continues to disrupt our expectations around social, financial and political possibilities we’ve come to the collective realization that working towards collective health cannot rely solely on scientific data. The injustice that the pandemic has both revealed and intensified have made it clear that public health requires a collective reckoning with the historic structures of coercion and deprivation that have led to our current moment.

Please join the contributors of a remarkable public health textbook, The Historical Roots of Human Trafficking, as they consider how the historic forces of racism, labor exploitation, and forced migration converge in global labor exploitation that is in itself a public health crisis. In the process we’ll consider how humanities and scientific inquiry can—and must—be in conversation as we face the challenges ahead.”

Panel 1: 1-1:45

The Role of History in Public Health

Makini Chisolm-Straker, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Core Faculty in the Institute for Health Equity Research at (the Icahn School of Medicine at) Mount Sinai

Katherine Chon, Co-founder and President Emerita, Polaris Project, Brown University

Panel 21:50-3:15

How Does an Engagement with Public Health Shape the Historical Questions We Ask?

Luis C. deBaca, Former Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons; Director of the U.S. The Department of Justice’s “SMART” office; Lecturer, Univ. of Michigan Law School

John Cheng, Assoc. Prof, Department of Asian & Asian American Studies, SUNY Binghamton

Anna Mae Duane, Associate Professor of English & American Studies, University of Connecticut

Panel 3: 3:20-4:15

Public Health and History in Practice

Aria Flood, Director of US Prevention. Love 146

Erin Williamson, Vice President of Global Programs, Love 146

Minh Dang, Executive Director, Survivor Alliance; Research Fellow in Survivor Wellbeing, University of Nottingham, Rights Lab


February 24, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST