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style="font-family: proxima-nova, proxima-nova, 'Helvetica Neue', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Prevent Human Trafficking presents

A presentation by Ben Skinner, journalist and Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and author of the acclaimed book "A Crime so Monstrous: Face to Face with Modern-Day Slavery".

The basis for a Nightline special report and the inspiration for an episode of Law and Order, Skinner’s A Crime So Monstrous takes readers to the outer edges of civilization, revealing the true faces of slavery today. Join our mailing list and RSVP by email:

Date:       24 April 2009

Time:       1.30pm - 3.30pm

Venue:    American University

               Mary Graydon Center 247

               4400 Massachusetts Ave NW. Washington DC, 20016

Event Brief:

Opening remarks by Christina Arnold - Founder of Prevent Human Trafficking

Ben Skinner takes audiences on his journey on the trail of modern day slavery. He brings us around the world and through the White House, ultimately revealingthe heart of his story: the slaves themselves. Despite being abandoned by the international community, despite suffering a crime so monstrous as to strip their awareness of their own humanity, somehow, some enslaved men regain their dignity, some enslaved women learn to trust men, and some enslaved children manage to be kids. By narrating their stories—and those of their captors and liberators—Skinner bears witness for them, and for the millions who are held in the shadows.

Skinner will be available for Q&A after the presentation – and to discuss his experiences with Modern-Day Slavery, the current debates (in the US and abroad) in addition to the most common misconceptions.

Refreshments Provided

About Ben Skinner:

The first person in history to witness negotiations for the sale of human beings on four continents, E. Benjamin Skinner is single handedly raising awareness of modern day slavery. In his shocking and brutally honest book, A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern Day Slavery, Skinner tells the story of individuals who live in slavery, those who have escaped from bondage, those who own or traffic in slaves, and the mixed political motives of those who seek to combat the crime. Elie Weisel has praised the book as a “Powerful indictment of contemporary slavery (which) must arouse outrage for perpetrators and compassion for their victims."

In 2003, as a writer on assignment in the frontlines of the north-south Sudanese civil war for Newsweek International, Skinner met his first survivor of slavery, Muong Nyong. Like Skinner, Nyong was 27 at the time, and pondering what to do with the rest of his life. Unlike Skinner, he had spent the first part of that life in bondage. After meeting Nyong, Skinner traveled the globe to find others like him. Though there are more slaves today than ever before, finding them would prove the most daunting challenge of Skinner’s professional life.