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UNL: The Role of Law in Using the 4p’s to Combat Human Trafficking
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Each panelist will discuss the role of law and the legal system which respect to each of the 4ps and how successful this effort has been in the United States and Nebraska, particularly.

When: Thursday, October 6, 2016
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT
Where: UNL College of Law
1875 N 42nd St.
Lincoln, Nebraska  68503
United States

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The Role of Law in Using the 4p’s to Combat Human Trafficking: Prevention, Prosecution, Protection, Partnership 

Each panelist will discuss the role of law and the legal system which respect to each of the 4ps and how successful this effort has been in the United States and Nebraska, particularly.

Leah Jonet Albright-Byrd
LEAH JONET ALBRIGHT-BYRD is a nationally recognized public speaker and human rights educator. In 2011, she founded the pioneering organization "Bridget's Dream" and served as the Executive Director for four years. She has been featured on Katie Couric, Oprah Winfrey, BET News, Being Mary Jane, and was the subject of an Emmy-award winning interview in 2013. Leah also served as a spokeswoman for record-breaking Proposition 35 in the state of California, and partnered with the Attorney General of New Jersey to develop a PSA for Superbowl XLVIII.

While living her dream as an activist, her passion for speaking and writing grew significantly. The media and speaking opportunities she was given helped her to see America's need for authentic community, inspiration, and hope. Armed with a personal story of victory over darkness, she began to see that it was time for her dream to grow.

Leah believes that something special happens when a person is courageous enough to step up and live out their personal legacy and that pursuing BIG dreams requires preparation and support. As a leader who understands both the highs and lows of dream pursuits, she now seeks to empower other emerging leaders on their journey to discovering, clarifying, and living their dreams. In addition to speaking and writing, Leah enjoys singing, photography, playing her guitar, and is an alumnus of William Jessup University- BS, Psychology / Theology 2009.

Glen Th. Parks
Glen Th. Parks graduated from the University of Nebraska College of Law with Distinction in 2001. He received in BA degree with High Distinction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1998. He is currently pursuing a Master of Laws degree with specializations in Common Law and Criminology from the University of London. He is admitted to practice in the State of Nebraska and the Federal District Court of Nebraska.

From June 2006, he worked with The Amos Fund in India combatting human rights abuses. His work included teaching as a guest lecturer at Christ University School of Law in Bangalore, India, January 2012-June 2015; Co-founding Skarlet Cord Journals, LLC, an import business to market products made by rescued victims of sex trafficking in Calcutta, products made in the facilities of Love Calcutta Arts (employing 50) and of Freeset (employing 190) both located next to Sonagachi, the largest red light area in Asia; and assisting in victim rescue and perpetrator prosecution while working with Tiny Hands, 2010-2015 and Freedom Firm, 2006-2010. He co-founded Freedom Firm and served as its Legal Director.

He practiced law in Nebraska as an associate with Rembolt Ludtke, LLP firm 2003-2006 and served as a law clerk to the Honorable John M. Gerrard at the Supreme Court of the State of Nebraska August 2002-July 2003 and the Honorable Stephanie F. Stacy, Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court 2015-2016. He is currently an Assistant Attorney General and Nebraska Human Trafficking Task Force Coordinator for the State of Nebraska.

Louise Shelley
Dr. Louise Shelley is the Omer L. and Nancy Hirst Endowed Chair for civic intellectual, University Professor in the School of Policy, Government and International Affairs and the founder and Director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) at George Mason University. Her latest book is Dirty Entanglements: Corruption, Crime and Terrorism (Cambridge University Press, 2014). Her previous book is Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective (Cambridge, 2010). Dr. Shelley has written books and dozens of articles and books chapters on the subject of transnational crime and corruption. She is presently working on a book on illicit trade in the real and virtual world. She served for six years as a member of the Global Agenda Councils on Organized Crime and Illicit Trade of the World Economic Forum. She is a life member of the Council of Foreign Relations. She is the recipient of many fellowships and prizes including the Guggenheim and two Fulbrights and two grants from the MacArthur Foundation. Dr. Shelley has testified for the United States Congress repeatedly on these issues and has addressed fora of the OSCE, OECD and other national and international bodies and appears in the media frequently.

Dr. Shelley has a Ph.D., Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, Sociology (1977) ;
M.A., University of Pennsylvania, Criminology (1973); and B.A., Cum Laude, Cornell University, Penology and Russian Literature (1972).

From 1995-2014, Dr. Shelley ran programs in Russia, Ukraine and Georgia with leading specialists on the problems of organized crime and corruption. She has also been the principal investigator of large-scale projects on money laundering from Russia, Ukraine and Georgia and of training of law enforcement persons on the issue of trafficking in persons. Professor Shelley is presently serving on the Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade and Organized Crime of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and was the first co-chair of its Council on Organized Crime. She presently co-chairs a group on human trafficking within the Global Agenda Councils of the WEF. Professor Shelley is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has spoken at various international fora and at many universities both in the United States and abroad on transnational crime, terrorism, human trafficking, illicit trade and corruption. Additionally, she appears on television and radio, including appearances on CNN, NPR’s Marketplace and Takeaway, PBS, A&E, the History Channel, C-span, Tavis Smiley, Kojo Nnamdi and 60 Minutes.

Anna W. Shavers - Professor Shavers joined the faculty of the University of Nebraska College of Law in 1989. She received her B.S. degree from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio and her M.S. in Business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was elected to membership in the Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society. She received her J.D. degree (cum laude) from the University of Minnesota where she served as Managing Editor of the Minnesota Law Review. She was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1979 and the Nebraska bar in 1989. Other positions include: Associate, Faegre & Benson Law Firm, Minneapolis, MN 1979-83; Director of University Student Legal Services, University of Minnesota, 1983-86; Associate Clinical Professor, University of Minnesota, 1986-89. While at the University of Minnesota, Professor Shavers established that law school's first immigration clinic. She has also served as a mediator and arbitrator and has a strong interest in alternative forms of dispute resolution. Professor Shavers teaches Administrative Law, Immigration Law, Gender Issues and Civil Procedure and is faculty co-advisor to the Multi-Cultural Legal Society and BALSA.

Professor Shavers believes that she has found the position for which she is ideally suited. She thoroughly enjoys the interaction with students. She also enjoys having the time to devote to reading and questioning various aspects of our legal system. Her primary interest is the area of immigration and its intersection with gender issues. This area appeals to her because of her appreciation of the differences of people from various cultures.

She currently serves as a Board Member of the Midwestern People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference, Inc., Liaison for the ABA Administrative Law Section to the ABA Commission on Immigration and Secretary and Publication Chair of the ABA Administrative Law Section. She has previously served as Chair of the AALS Section on Immigration Law, a Council Member and Immigration Committee Chair of the ABA Administrative Law Section, member of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging and member of the ABA Coordinating Committee on Immigration Law. She is a frequent national and international presenter on immigration and administrative law issues.

Nebraska – Activity #129122; 1.0 CLE hour approved

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