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      Can Blockchain Help to Prevent Human Trafficking?: The Unconference in Washington

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      July 24, 2019

      Wednesday  10:00 AM

      1999 K Street Northwest
      Washington, District of Columbia 20006

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      Can Blockchain Help to Prevent Human Trafficking?: The Unconference

      The Blockchain and Human Trafficking Unconference will bring together technologists, academics, non-profit experts and other professionals to tackle the critical question, “Can Blockchain Help Prevent Human Trafficking?” This unconference format will encourage participation and brainstorming by all attendees, and include a centralized schedule and agenda maintained by the organizers. The primary goal of this unconference is to explore ways in which blockchain technology might be used to help prevent human trafficking. NGO's and government agencies often find themselves a step behind human traffickers who run their very lucrative criminal “businesses” in part due to their lack of agility in using technology to thwart them. For far too long, human traffickers have used technology in more nimble ways than those of us on the anti-trafficking side, including law enforcement, government agencies and NGOs. Our organization strongly believes that we can and should use every technology available - including Blockchain - to thwart human traffickers and actually disrupt their criminal activity. This event will bring together experts in the field familiar with the realities of trafficking on the ground, with technologists and others to contribute and combine their knowledge to make a serious attempt at finding ways that blockchain might be used in the global efforts to combat and prevent human trafficking. Check back soon to see the full list of experts who will be facilitating this event!  Space is extremely limited. Each ticket will include a sit down, catered lunch. You won't want to miss this special event so buy your ticket today! Industry & Government - $250 (35 tickets available) Academia - $100 (20 tickets available) Students - $25 (15 tickets available) Why an "Unconference"? An unconference is a conference organized, structured and led by the people attending it. Instead of passive listening, all attendees and organizers are encouraged to become participants, with discussion leaders providing moderation and structure for attendees. We will examine a number of potential uses of blockchain for prevention, including: Using blockchain to bring financial services to “unbanked” adults to alleviate the credit squeeze that makes them vulnerable to traffickers and loan sharks, resulting in all kinds of preventable exploitation Leveraging blockchain for stronger supply chain audit, to facilitate policing of supply chain against trafficking Chris is a social entrepreneur, futurist, and tech enthusiast, passionate about social justice with 20 years of experience in human rights education and advocacy using technology - including 360 video and VR. She is an avid believer in using tech for good to document, promote and raise support for mostly Thai partner projects. Chris founded Prevent Human Trafficking (PHT) in 1999 to address this heinous phenomenon. In the process, she and her team have helped hundreds of individuals, organizations and government agencies, to tackle the root causes of human trafficking through direct support, technical assistance utilizing all kinds of media for work mostly in Thailand and the US. Her professional trajectory was driven by her upbringing in South and Southeast Asia where she was born in Bombay, India, and raised in a cult in the region where she encountered exploited children daily. Her expertise has contributed to policy and legislative change, including passage of the original Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000. She pioneered using VR to tell stories of child survivors of human trafficking, and is currently working on a Slavery at Sea VR experience. Chris has consulted for more than 100 companies, agencies, governments, foundations and nonprofit organizations worldwide, and taken hundreds of people on annual anti-trafficking study tours to Thailand, to learn about the issues first hand, from some of the pioneers of the global movement, who risk their lives daily on the front lines to prevent human trafficking. For everyone else, she offers the opportunity to experience it without having to travel - using the latest technology available. Dr. David A Feingold is the director of the Ophidian Research Institute and Ophidian Films Ltd.. For fifteen years, he served as International Coordinator for Trafficking and HIV/AIDS in the Office of the Regional Advisor for Culture, UNESCO, Bangkok. He developed the UNESCO HIV/AIDS and Trafficking Program with two mandates: intensive research and ethnic minority populations. The program developed the only research-based culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention materials, authored in minority languages. These focus on preventing HIV transmission and preventing trafficking and unsafe migration, as well as promoting stigma reduction regarding HIV positive people and victims of human trafficking. The program also developed the UNESCO Trafficking Statistics Project that tracked and evaluated trafficking numbers. He developed and directed the UNESCO Highland Citizenship Project. He organized and directed the two largest vulnerability surveys of highland people in Thailand, and the first GIS-linked epidemiological mapping of HIV and AIDS for Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos. In addition, he coordinated the UNESCO project on cultural factors in the prevention and promotion of gender-based violence, and is consulting with Embode on forced labor in the palm oil industry. Educated at Dartmouth, Yale and Columbia, he is a research anthropologist and award-winning documentary filmmaker. He has conducted extensive field research in Southeast Asia over four decades, particularly among the Akha and Shan peoples, and in Cambodia. He has represented UNESCO at numerous international fora on human trafficking, including as the representative to ICAT. He also chaired the Statelessness Working Group. He served on the management board of UNIAP. . His films have been made for PBS, NBC, ABC, BBC, CH-4 (U.K.), FR-3(France), and the National Geographic. Most of his films are distributed by Documentary Educational Resources ( ). He served as a Visiting Professor at the American University of Paris, is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and a Fellow of the Centre d’Anthropologie de la Chine du Sud et de la Peninsule Indochinoise (CACSPI).   Alex Lakatos is a partner in the Washington DC office of Mayer Brown’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement practices. Alex practices in complex international litigation, particularly on behalf of non-US financial institutions. He also counsels financial institutions on banking and securities regulatory, enforcement, legislative, and strategic issues. He has significant experience in matters where these areas intersect – for example, the litigation of cross-border disputes in US court in tandem with a DOJ, OFAC or bank enforcement investigation. His matters often include parallel litigation in non-US forums. He is experienced in contesting issues of particular concern to non-US financial institutions, such as financial privacy, data protection, multi-jurisdictional discovery, choice‑of-law conflicts, sanctions compliance and asset forfeiture. What is Prevent Human Trafficking? Visit us at: Founded in 1999, Prevent Human Trafficking (PHT) is a Washington, D.C., based non-profit organization focused on preventing vulnerable individuals and groups from being subject to the heinous crime of human trafficking. While other organizations focus on rescue and detection of the crime, PHT works with with individuals, organizations, agencies and governmental entities to tackle the root causes of human trafficking through direct support and technical assistance particularly by using innovative technology and media to promote best practices and inspire sustainable solutions in the movement to prevent human trafficking. Since its founding, PHT has focused on using #techforgood in partnership with several organizations in Thailand in particular, including promoting scholarships and supporting shelters, vocational rehabilitation programs, micro-credit loans, and training hundreds of young professionals to become the next leaders in the anti trafficking movement. PHT also provides training to foreign diplomats based in the U.S. including U.S. law enforcement. Our #techforgood focus includes pioneering an SMS-based system that crowd-sources suspected trafficking incidents in near real time, while conventional media, 360 video, and VR videos aim to raise awareness of trafficking issues and garner support for effective grassroots organizations with a victim-centered approach toward prevention. MANY THANKS TO OUR LOCATION HOST, Mayer Brown, LLP Visit us at: The Washington DC office serves the interests of our global, national and local clients across a broad range of practice areas. The office anchors our Supreme Court & Appellate practice, which is consistently ranked as the leading practice of its kind in the United States by Chambers, Legal 500, and other ranking bodies. The office continues to expand on its top-tier practices in such areas as antitrust, environmental, finance, financial services regulatory and enforcement, government contracts, government relations, information technology, international trade, litigation, outsourcing, product liability, projects, real estate, securities enforcement and tax. Lawyers in this office are routinely recognized as leaders in the Washington legal scene by such publications as the Washington Business Journal, The Washingtonian, Legal Times, Benchmark, and of course Chambers and Legal 500, and have served in senior positions in government and public service. A sampling of these positions includes: Special Assistant to the President; Deputy Counsel to the President; Secretary of Commerce; member of Congress; US Trade Representative; Deputy Solicitor General; Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the DOJ Antitrust Division; Associate Chief Counsel of the IRS; and Branch Chief of the SEC. The Washington office is also deeply committed to firmwide and local pro bono and community service activities. Among many other pro bono activities, the office participates in the DC Bar Pro Bono Program Advocacy & Justice Clinic, taking cases of vital importance to the indigent community. The office also supports Urban Alliance in hosting high school senior interns, as well as organizing fundraising, mock trials, and other student events for Higher Achievement. CHECK BACK SOON TO SEE THE FULL LIST OF EXPERTS WHO WILL BE FACILITATING THIS EVENT! For any questions or sponsorship opportunities, please email: preventhumantraffickingATgmailDOTcom  We look forward to seeing you there!

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