Human Trafficking Symposium

There are 4.5 million people trapped in forced sexual exploitation globally, estimates International Labor Organization. Please join The McCain Institute for the Human Trafficking Symposium on Tuesday, February 25, 2016. The symposium contributes to The McCain Institute’s efforts to raise awareness to #EndTrafficking.


Senator Heidi Heitkamp
U.S. Senator, North Dakota

Corrine Dettmeijer-Vermeulen
Dutch National Rapporteur, Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children

Panel I: Leadership in Action
1:35 - 2:20 PM EST

The Human Trafficking Symposium will begin with Leadership in Action, which is a new conversation series focusing on subject matter experts working directly to make a positive impact on the world today. The series will focus on individuals that contribute to tackling social injustice.

Confirmed speakers:
John F. Clark
President and Chief Executive Officer, The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Cindy McCain
Human Trafficking Advisory Council Chair, The McCain Institute

Art Exhibit
2:20 - 2:50 PM EST

Kay Chernush of ArtWorks for Freedom will present "Bought & Sold: Voices of Human Trafficking." The series speaks to the experiences and suffering of the hundreds of thousands of men, women and children affected by trafficking.

Panel II: Human Trafficking Conversation Series
2:50 - 3:50 PM EST

The second panel, the sixth Human Trafficking Conversation Series, “More Than Our Stories: A Conversation on the Importance of Survivor Leadership," will shed light on the critical role survivors play in combatting human trafficking and highlight survivor successes and empowerment over injustice.

Confirmed speakers:
Tina Frundt
Founder, Courtney’s House

Carolyn Jones
Resident Advocate, StreetLightUSA

Ann Wilkinson
Director of Mentor Services, My Life My Choice

Alison Friedman
Human Trafficking Expert

Doors open: 1:00 PM
Symposium begins: 1:35 PM

U.S. Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue SE, Member's Room

Note: Due to Library of Congress security screenings, we recommend you arrive 30 minutes before the first panel to ensure you're through security and seated by the time the panel begins.

Please join us in person or by watching the event live online at

Join the conversation @McCainInstitute using #EndTrafficking.