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Friday, March 8, 2013
Executive Director to Sit on Human Trafficking Panel at The George Washington University Law School
Join Bridge to Freedom Foundation this Monday, March 11, 2013 at 8pm at The George Washington University Law School as our Executive Director Cassandra Clifford will discuss the legal obstacles in the fight against modern-day slavery with Professor Susan French, and Martina Vandenberg founder of The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center! Come discuss the legal obstacles in the fight against modern-day slavery with Cassandra Clifford, Professor Susan French, and Martina Vandenberg! Join us on Monday, March 11 at 8:00 pm in LL101. Sponsored by Law Students for Reproductive Justice and The Feminist Forum. Free dinner provided! Cassandra Clifford has been a human rights activist for nearly twenty years and has spent the last six fully dedicating her life to the fight against modern slavery. She founded the Bridge to Freedom Foundation out of both passion and need after years as serving as a non-profit freelance writer. Cassandra's main personal objective is to bring awareness to, and combat modern day slavery in all forms. Her experiences have allowed her to develop the foundation and plan necessary to help bridge the gaps in the fight against modern slavery. Cassandra has done academic research in the areas of: The Use of Rape as a Weapon of War; Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide in the Former Soviet Union; Child Soldiers and Human Trafficking. Cassandra has previously worked in both the corporate and charity sector for various industries and causes including: Child Trafficking, Learning Disabilities, Publishing, Marketing, Public Relations and Fashion. Cassandra is also the Children's Rights Writer for the Foreign Policy Association (you can see more on her at Children's Rights Blog). Additionally, Cassandra also writes for the Examiner as the DC Human Rights Examiner and formally sat on the leadership board for the DC based citizen activist group Stop Modern Slavery. Learn more about her work here: http://www.bridgetofreedomfoundation.org/Our%20Team.html Susan French, a current professor at GW Law has worked as a senior trial attorney with the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit in the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice. Ms. French has prosecuted single and multiple victim cases including, among others, a sweatshop slavery case involving over 250 victims, a domestic servitude case involving a young Guatemalan woman who was forced to work and provide sex and a domestic servitude case out of Ft. Worth, Texas, involving a Nigerian woman who worked over eight years for a couple and was forced to submit to the male defendant’s sexual demands. Learn more about her work at GW Law School here: http://www.law.gwu.edu/News/newsstories/Pages/2013SusanFrench.aspx Martina Vandenberg founder of The Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center has been working to fight human trafficking for over two decades, working with the United Nations and Congress. More information about Ms. Vandenberg's very impressive history in the fight against human trafficking: http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/people/martina-vandenberg