Public lecture and branch meeting
Human Trafficking in Canada: Forms, Factors, and Responses
Dr. Katelyn Petersen, Manager, German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research, Volunteer Community Educator, ACT Alberta
Thursday, April 16, 2015 6:00-7:00 P.M.
Grant MacEwan University City Centre Campus 10700 104 Ave, Edmonton, Alberta Room 7-218 For maps and directions click here.
Lecture and speaker information
Human trafficking is a crime few people associate with Canada, but it continues to be a major issue throughout the country, in both urban and rural settings. Human trafficking is currently the second most profitable illicit crime in the world and has been reported as the fastest growing overall. This lecture will look at what human trafficking is, how it is defined by the UN, and what forms it takes in Canada. It will focus on the work being done by ACT Alberta, a coalition working to identify and respond to human trafficking in Alberta, to provide information about responses to trafficking at provincial and national levels. ACT Alberta’s mission is to increase knowledge and awareness of human trafficking, advocate for effective rights-based responses, build capacity for all involved stakeholders, and lead and foster collaboration for joint action against human trafficking. This lecture will also touch on both the individual and international levels in combating human trafficking by providing some suggestions for individual citizens, as well as outlining initiatives undertaken by international organizations, such as the United Nations and the International Organization for Migration.
Katelyn Petersen has been volunteering as a Community Educator with the Action Coalition on Human Trafficking (ACT Alberta) for two and a half years. In that time, she has given presentations to diverse audiences about the issue of human trafficking in Alberta and in Canada, attended numerous events, and spearheaded a fundraiser for ACT Alberta. Professionally, Katelyn manages the German-Canadian Centre for Innovation and Research in Edmonton, where she focuses on facilitating connections and partnerships in business, industry, and academia between Canada and Germany. Katelyn holds a Ph.D. in Contemporary German Literature from the University of Alberta and the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich.