Root Causes of Trafficking in Persons: Key Role of the Family for Protection and Prevention

On Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 3 PM – 6 PM

root-causes-of-exploitation-and-the-irreplaceable-role-of-the-family-for-protection-and-prevention-flyer-3-8March 15th @ 3 PM – 6 PM
ECOSOC Chamber, UN Headquarters

Attendees must RSVP their attendance to by March 13



root-causes-mergeIn conjunction with the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the Group of Friends of the Family together with civil society is pleased to host a special high-level event on the theme of protecting and empowering women and girls in the context of preventing them from becoming the targets of exploitation and the irreplaceable role of the family in helping girls reach their full potential.

The event will highlight successful international and national experience that combats exploitation and trafficking in persons, rescue victims and assist them in the recovery process.

The event will also showcase policies to protect and strengthen the family as a keystone for human trafficking prevention strategy. Sadly, it is women and children made vulnerable because of their precarious family situation who are the prime targets of traffickers, whether it be war, terrorism, poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, divorce and family breakdown, physical violence or other causes.

Organized by the 25 member states of the Group of Friends of the Family which includes: Bangladesh, Belarus, Comoros, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Yemen, Uganda, Zimbabwe.



Ms. Mercedes Schlapp, Fox News Contributor

Program Features:

I AM JANE DOE  Documentary

I AM JANE DOE, narrated by Academy-Award nominee, Jessica Chastain, and produced by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio, chronicles the epic battle that several American mothers are waging on behalf of their middle-school daughters, victims of sex-trafficking on, the adult classifieds section that for years was part of the Village Voice.  Reminiscent of Erin Brockovich and Karen Silkwood, these mothers have stood up on behalf of thousands of other mothers, fighting back and refusing to take no for an answer. For more:


Vednita Carter, President, Breaking Free, Survivor Leader

Christine Raino, Founder and President, Shared Hope International  – Child Trafficking

Haley Halverson, Director of Communications, The National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Address by Congresswoman Ann Wagner

Jen Spry, Child sex-trafficking survivor leader

Ann Kioko, Co-founder and President African Organization for Families

Jennifer Lahl, RN, President, Center for Bioethics and Culture Network

Allan Carlson, John Howard Fellow at the International Organization for the Family, a director of the Family in America Studies Center, the International Secretary of the World Congress of Families

Valerie Huber, President, CEO, Ascend – Building the protective shield for children vulnerable to human sex trafficking

Rev. Shenan Boquet, President, Human Life International


Panel Moderators:

Susan Yoshihara, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Research, C-Fam

Ann Kioko, Co-founder and president, African Organization for Families

Austin Ruse, President, C-Fam



Group of Friends of the Family jointly with C-Fam on behalf of Civil Society for the Family

Co-sponsoring Organizations:

Civil Society for the Family represents 180 International NGOs. The organizing committee for this platform includes: Center for Family and Human Rights (C-Fam), Citizen Go, Derecho a Vivir, Family Research Council (FRC),, Human Life International (HLI), Institute for Family Policies (IPF), International Organization for the Family (IOF), National Organization for Marriage (NOM), and Transatlantic Christian Council (TCC).

Other supporting organizations: 

Campaign Life Coalition, Construye, Family and Life, Family Watch International, International Solidarity and Human Rights Institute, Priests for Life, REAL Women of Canada and United Families International.