USD To Host Human Trafficking Events to Raise Awareness


Walk in their Shoes: Standing with Survivors of Sex Trafficking.” - Raising Awareness about Human Sex Trafficking

Hosted by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice and the San Diego-based organization Breaking the Silence Together 

Date: Thursday, December 1, 2016 -- 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

In addition to drawing attention to the problem, the event will provide a platform for victims to share their stories and an opportunity for community members to learn about ways to support victims and the organizations working to prevent trafficking and promote healing. 

This event will feature:

* A visual art exhibit

* Opening remarks from Chief Deputy District Attorney Summer Stephan

* Panel discussion featuring Dr. Ami Carpenter (Kroc School of Peace Studies), Rachel Robitz (MD, a UCSD community psychiatry fellow), and Danny Santiago (Commander of the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force) 

* Theatrical performance

* Music from Sarah Carpio, Nancy Cordova, and Rebecca Ottinger

* Candle lighting ceremony

* An exhibition of San Diego community organizations 

Across the world there are more than 20 million victims of human trafficking. Of these, more than 4.5 million individuals are victims of sex trafficking, including many of society’s most vulnerable citizens, like children. While this modern-day slavery is a global and national problem, it is also one with deep roots in our San Diego community. Each year there are approximately 10,000 sex trafficking victims or survivors in San Diego County who live and work in every city in the county. The sex trafficking industry annually generates $810 million, a figure that rivals the county’s natural resources and mining sector. For more information on sex trafficking in San Diego, please read Dr. Carpenter’s study, released earlier this year.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.