This year marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Nations and the 20th anniversary of the U.N. Trafficking in Persons (Palermo) Protocol. In honor of this landmark occasion, the Government of the United States of America, the Government of Peru, and the Government of Sierra Leone will co-host a virtual panel discussion to discuss the importance of the Protocol in combating trafficking, historically and with a view towards the next 20 years.

Participants are welcome to ask questions in the chat space on the program page; we will address as many as time allows.

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Stephen Biegun
Deputy Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State

Mr. Biegun has three decades of experience in government in the executive and legislative branches, as well as in the private sector. Before his role as Deputy Secretary, he was the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea at the U.S. Department of State. In the private sector, Mr. Biegun was the vice president of International Governmental Relations for Ford Motor Company.

Dr. Zoraida Ávalos
Attorney General of Peru

Besides her position as Attorney General of Peru, Ávalos had been leading the Public Ministry in an acting capacity since January 2019. Previously, Ávalos was in charge of the Supreme Civil Prosecutor’s Office.  With over 32 years of experience working at the Public Ministry, Ávalos has served as Superior Prosecutor working at the Special Prosecutor´s Office on Human Rights, as well as at the Civil Superior Prosecutor’s Office of Lima.  As a Supreme Prosecutor, she was the National Coordinator of Strategic Crime Prevention Programs for youth.

Dr. Mohamed Juldeh Jalloh
Vice President of Sierra Leone 

Dr. Jalloh brings with him over fifteen years of distinguished service and leadership in the United Nations, the International Crisis Group, the University of Bordeaux and, in the Campaign for Good Governance in Sierra Leone. His work has earned him an international reputation as a specialist in the fields of public policy analysis, governance, development and security issues.

Ghada Waly
Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

In addition to her position as Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Ms. Waly serves as Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).  She has over thirty years of experience in the field of sustainable development, poverty reduction and social protection, women and youth empowerment.  In her capacity as Minister of Social Solidarity, she has developed Egypt’s anti-drug strategy. She also serves as Coordinator of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for Social Justice, Chairperson of the National Centre for Social and Criminological Research and chairs the Executive Council of Arab Ministers of Social Affairs in the League of Arab States.

Ambassador John Cotton Richmond
U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

Ambassador Richmond has had a distinguished career in the global battle for freedom. He co-founded the Human Trafficking Institute and served for more than 10 years as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit. He regularly served as an expert to the United Nations Working Group on Trafficking in Person and pioneered the International Justice Mission’s anti-slavery work in India. Ambassador Richmond has trained judges, prosecutors, federal agents, law enforcement officers, and non-governmental organizations on effective, proactive human trafficking investigative and prosecutorial strategies. He also taught Human Trafficking Law, Policy, and Litigation at Pepperdine School of Law and Vanderbilt Law School. 

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Ambassador Kelly Craft
U.S. Representative to the UN

Ambassador Kelly Craft is a leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist who has made community service and improving education the cornerstone of her career.  Ambassador Craft served as the United States Ambassador to Canada from October 2017 until assumption of her USUN role in 2019.  During her time as Ambassador, she worked through the complex revisiting of the NAFTA treaty, known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement or USMCA.

Grace Forrest
Founding Director, Walk Free

Ms. Forrest is the Founding Director of Walk Free, one of world’s leading anti-slavery organisations focused on the eradication of modern slavery in our lifetime. Recently, Grace was invited to co-chair the Global Opening Moment of the 2020 World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit, held during the UN General Assembly. Grace is the youngest ever United Nations Association Goodwill Ambassador for Anti-Slavery. She is on the Board of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue and a Director of the Minderoo Foundation.

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Minh Dang
Executive Director of Survivor Alliance

Ms. Dang is currently working on a PhD at the University of Nottingham, focusing on the wellbeing of survivors of slavery and human trafficking. She is also Co-Principal Investigator for a National Institute of Justice-funded study that is evaluating the San Francisco Mayor’s Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking.


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