Sex trafficking scholar to visit UNC campus Oct. 6-7

Monday, September 20, 2010 — Jay Silverman, an associate professor of society, human development and health at the Harvard School of Public Health, will be visiting the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in early October to discuss the health consequences of sex trafficking.

Jay Silverman, an associate professor of society, human development and health at the Harvard School of Public Health, will be visiting the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in early October to discuss the health consequences of sex trafficking.

Silverman will give three free public talks during his visit:

  • Oct. 6, 4 p.m.: “Trafficking and Other Forms of Violence against Women: Comparing the Health Consequences,” G100 Bondurant Hall;
  • Oct. 7, 1:30 p.m.: “Adolescent Female Sex Workers: Invisibility, Violence and HIV,” Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation Auditorium, Gillings School of Global Public Health; and
  • Oct. 7, 5 p.m.: “Trafficking: An Understudied Form of Gender-Based Violence and a Major Threat to Sexual Health,” 1301 McGavran-Greenberg Hall.

Silverman is known for his research and substantial expertise on issues of domestic violence, sexual assault and other gender-based violence. He has also been at the forefront of research on the mechanisms, health effects and prevention of international sex trafficking of women and girls.

North Carolina is particularly vulnerable to trafficking because of its geographic location on major interstate highways, its coast, and major industries – including agriculture and meat processing, and large military bases.

Silverman’s visit was organized by the Carolina Women’s Center with co-sponsorship support from the School of Medicine, the Gillings School of Global Public Health, the department of obstetrics and gynecology, the Injury Prevention Research Center and the UNC Health Care Beacon Child and Family Program.

Carolina Women’s Center contact: Donna Bickford (919) 843-5620, dbickford@unc.edu

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