Human Trafficking Summit Address

The following is a transcript of the address given by President James T. Harris III at "Stop Traffick" Human Trafficking Summit on Jan. 29, 2020 

"The University of San Diego doesn’t shy away from challenges. In fact we confront them — head on.

That’s what this summit is all about. It’s about looking at a problem, such as human trafficking, from every angle and figuring out how our students, our faculty, our staff and even our alumni can help to solve it.

This groundswell started with Ami Carpenter, an associate professor in our Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. She’s a researcher. She loves numbers. Her research gave us a sense of scope. The numbers she came back with — after three years of research — were more alarming than we could have ever imagined.

And that, in turn, gave us a sense of urgency. So here we are at this all-important summit. I’m proud to know that the college and every single school is here — ready to think, ready to work, ready to take action.

You’re not only bringing to the table actions that we’re already taking, you’re also providing new ideas, new approaches and new ways to solve the issue, support the survivors, stop the problem and heal the wounds caused by this crime against humanity.

Now it’s time for us to do what we do best — roll up our sleeves, get out into the community, work with partners and collaborators and truly be the change. This is part of our mission … as a Catholic university … as an institution of higher education … and as a community of Changemakers."