The Catholic University of America

The Keynote address will be given by Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, U.S. Ambassador-At-Large and Director of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Human Persons. The conference features a survivors panel, who will tell their first-hand experiences, including: Adil, arrested for his political activities in opposition to the government; Sara, arrested in 2010 for her political activities; Dereje, arrested in 2005 and escaped; and finally Saba, arrested twice and escaped.  Demissie Abebe, Director of Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition, will moderate this panel.  There will also be a policy and advocate panel featuring: Ronald C. Chance, who led nationwide investigations of Human Trafficking in the workplace while assigned to DOL Headquarters; Maryknoll Sister Mary Ann Smith, ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking); and Sister Eileen White, Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, Resident Coordinator for Dawn’s Place, a shelter for survivors of human trafficking in Philadelphia. The Closing Address will feature Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington.  


The Conference is free!

For a printable Conference Schedule click here.

CUA is conveneinetly located off the Red Line, Brookland Metro stop.  Please note that parking is extreemely limited.  We highly recommend using the DC metro.  For a campus map and directions, please click here.

For disability accomodations please complete the registration form or email

This conference is sponsored by:


The Institute for Policy Research
and Catholic Studies

Franciscan Action Network Franciscans International Franciscan Federation