Great Decisions 2020: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm ET Halperin Building · Community Room


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Almost every nation has enacted laws criminalizing human trafficking, and international organizations, governments, and NGOs sponsor a large variety of projects to curb trafficking and slavery. Billions of dollars have been allocated to these efforts. What is the international community doing to combat slavery and trafficking? What are the experiences like for those being trafficked?

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Guest Speaker – Anita S. Teekah, Esq.

Anita S. Teekah, Esq. is the Senior Director of the Anti-Trafficking Program at Safe Horizon. She oversees a dynamic multi-disciplinary team of attorneys, social workers, trainers and administrative staff that provide holistic, wraparound services to all victims of human trafficking. ATP clients are both sex and/or labor trafficked, comprise all genders, and come from over 80 countries. Anita also spearheads ATP’s policy and advocacy efforts and represents the program in national, state and local level coalitions, including the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), Freedom Network USA, and the International Labor Recruitment Working Group. On behalf of ATP, Anita has lobbied in support of reauthorizing the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act. She co-leads the Brooklyn Human Trafficking Task Force with the Kings County District Attorneys Office and the US Attorneys Office for the EDNY, and co-chairs the Task Force’s Labor Subcommittee. Prior to coming to Safe Horizon, Anita worked with child labor and sex trafficking victims and child laborers in the Philippines and was a litigator.

Discussion Leader - Kathleen Moran

Kathleen Moran has been a member of The Partnership for the Eradication of Human Trafficking (PEHT), a committee with the United Nations Association, Queens Chapter since 2010. During her time with the committee she has moderated and assisted in coordinating a number of programs/discussions, established partnerships with organizations, supported legislation (in NY),  that works to prevent, the crime and assist survivors.  From 2016-2019 she was Co-Chairperson of PEHT and has been attending the New York State Anti-Trafficking Coalition meetings (a group of not-for-profits in NY).  In 2017, the committee was absorbed by the UNA Southern New York Division and Kathleen was elected onto the board which she served until Dec 2019. 

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program involves reading articles, watching videos, and meeting with a group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today. 

The program is facilitated by Joan Katen, a leading expert on Middle East Politics and a distinguished Adjunct Professor at Pace University. Joan Katen co-designed the Peace and Justice Minor at Pace which is now in full operation on the NY City Campus. She is the author of “Love at the Edge” a novel based in the reality of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict and is a recipient of the prestigious National Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Service which was awarded to her in Washington D.C. in 2013 for her book and her efforts at building peace. 

Participants contribute to the 2020 FPA National Opinion Ballot which can be submitted online ( or in person.  A briefing booklet can be purchased online at  A reference copy of a booklet is available at Harrison Library.

The Great Decision series is free and open to the public. However, due to popularity, each session is on a first-come-first-served basis. 

2020 Schedule: 

January 29 | 12:30-2:30 PM | TOPIC: Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking | SPEAKER - Anita S. Teekah, Esq.
February 26 |12:30-2:30 PM | TOPIC: Climate Change and the Global Order  | SPEAKER – Professor Nicholas Robinson
March DTA | 12:30-2:30 PM | TOPIC: China’s Road into Latin America | SPEAKER - Dr. Benjamin Gedan
April DTA | 12:30-2:30 PM  | TOPIC: India and Pakistan | SPEAKER – Barbara Crossette
May DTA | 12:30-2:30 PM | TOPIC: Artificial Intelligence and Data | SPEAKER - TBA