GREAT and Ontario Tech University
2nd Annual Human Trafficking Conference
Oct. 10-11th, 2019


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Human Trafficking Conference – Oct 10-11th, 2019

Ontario Tech University


GREAT and the Ontario Tech University are pleased to present their 2nd Annual Human Trafficking Conference – Combating Labour Trafficking in Oshawa, Ontario.

The conference will be held at Ontario Tech University downtown campus, at 61 Charles Street in Oshawa, Ontario on Thursday Oct. 10 and Friday October 11th, 2019.

The event is presented at no cost to participants, through the generous financial support of Corporate Contracting Services Ltd. in Ajax, ON.

Participants can register free of charge for the event at Eventbrite (Click here to register)

The conference is a collaborative community focused event designed for practitioners and researchers to examine the impacts and current efforts to combat labour trafficking, the global initiatives focused on reducing labour trafficking and panel discussions to support strategy development and related research initiatives.

Speakers will include:

Susan Orlando Ministry of the Attorney General Ontario

Susan Orlando (Deputy Director—Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General) is the provincial coordinator of the Ministry of the Attorney General’s human trafficking prosecution team.  She will speak about human trafficking prosecutions in Ontario and the challenges associated with labour trafficking prosecutions.

Dr. Marcel van der Watt University of South Africa Johannesburg

Dr. Marcel van der Watt served as an human trafficking investigator with South African Police and is now a lecturer at the University of South Africa and an international speaker on the issue of human trafficking, as well as the Director of Research for GREAT.  He will discuss the issue of corruption across the African continent and its impact on labour trafficking, as well as providing an update on the INTERPOL HT Conference in Buenos Aires.

Kristen Abrams BuffettMcCain Institute Washington D.C.

Kristen Leanderson Abrams is the senior director of combatting human trafficking at the McCain Institute. In this capacity, she provides strategic leadership and operational management for the Institute’s program to combat all forms of human trafficking. Abrams is also the director of Buffett-McCain Institute Initiative to Combat Modern Slavery, a multi-disciplinary effort to address forced labor and labor exploitation in the agricultural sector.