Stetson Law Professor Among Invited International Experts at U.N. Human Trafficking Conference

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Is armed conflict making people vulnerable to human trafficking? Stetson Law professor Luz Nagle joins experts at U.N. discussion in Jordan.

Stetson Professor Luz Nagle (third from left) joined experts from around the world to discuss human trafficking at a UN meeting in Jordan.

Stetson Professor Luz Nagle (third from left) joined experts from around the world to discuss human trafficking at a UN meeting in Jordan.

There is so much armed conflict in the world and so many people become displaced due to forces completely beyond their control and beyond their ability to cope.

Stetson University Professor of Law Luz Nagle, a leading international voice in the fight against human trafficking, was part of a select group of experts invited by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons Nov. 29-30 in Amman, Jordan. Professor Nagle joined experts from around the world to assess the impact of armed conflict on making people vulnerable to human trafficking. Professor Nagle teaches courses including International Law, International Criminal Law, Transborder Criminal Law, as well as an Advanced Seminar on Terrorism and Global Security, National Security at Stetson law school.

“There is so much armed conflict in the world and so many people become displaced due to forces completely beyond their control and beyond their ability to cope, ” said Professor Nagle. “Displaced women and children especially become particularly and uniquely vulnerable to becoming trafficking victims, which can take the form of sex trafficking, labor trafficking, organ trafficking, and forced recruitment into armed groups. Some victims are even trafficked by the very peace keepers mandated under international legal commitments to protect them.”

Professor Nagle joined experts from organizations including the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, International Organization for Migration, UNICEF, La Strada International, Save the Children, Anti-Slavery International, and Nigerian Victims Support Fund.

Professor Nagle was a key legal analyst describing the intersection of human trafficking, international humanitarian law and armed conflict at the U.N. conference. She illustrated how international legal instruments can be used to convince nations to protect vulnerable individuals during times of conflict. Professor Nagle, currently vice-chair of the International Bar Association Presidential Task Force on Human Trafficking and a member of the IBA’s Human Rights Institute Council, spoke about the IBA’s efforts to become more actively engaged in the fight against trafficking in persons.

Dr. Anne Gallagher, an Australia-based human trafficking researcher who serves with Professor Nagle on the IBA Presidential Task Force on Human Trafficking, drafted recommendations which the U.N. Special Rapporteur will further refine to create strategies and build partnerships to help people caught in armed conflict who are vulnerable to traffickers.

For more information about Stetson Law's programs in the area of social justice advocacy, visit stetson.edu/law/advocacy.

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