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Christine Beddoe

Chris Beddoe is Executive Director of ECPAT-UK. She has been a consultant to the World Tourism Organization (WTO) and is the former manager of Child Wise Tourism in Australia. In 2003, Ms. Beddoe served as a moderator at the Consultation for Asia and the Pacific on the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Tourism. She is involved with Tourism Concern, a campaign group that focuses on the impact of tourism in developing countries and has published "Labour standards, social responsibility, and tourism."

Charlotte Brandin

Charlotte Brandin is the Executive Director of World Childhood Foundation USA. World Childhood Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1999 by H.M. Queen Silvia of Sweden. It is an organization dedicated to serving the most vulnerable children worldwide, especially those who are victims of sexual abuse and sexual exploitation. Ms. Brandin also serves on the Board of Directors for World of Hope International, a group dedicated to promoting the rights of children, and encouraging tolerance, non-violence and health awareness.

President Robert Bruininks

Robert H. Bruininks was appointed the 15th president of the University of Minnesota in November 2002. He has served the University for 37 years, as professor, dean, and executive vice president and provost, and now as chief executive officer. Throughout his career, he has focused on helping public and private agencies improve their educational, human service, and social service policies and programs. In January 2004, Minnesota Monthly magazine named him "Minnesotan of the Year."

Vanna Chan

Vanna Chan is a student at the University of Minnesota studying at the Institute for Global Studies. She is part of the Campus Coalition Against Trafficking, a new student organization at the University that works with other colleges to raise awareness about human trafficking and combatthis problem. She is also a volunteer of MASIE, a local organization that works with victims and survivors of human trafficking.

Mai Chong

Mai Chong Xiong is a junior at Roseville Area High School in Minnesota. She is a member of Girls International Forum (GIF), and is one of fifteen Girls Summit Leaders who are planning and implementing GIF's International Girls' Summit. The Summit will be held in Minnesota in July 2006. Mai Chong has been involved with Girl's International Form for two years. She is also involved with an Asian culture club, Peb Haiv, which is reaching out to Asian youth throughout the metro area to promote diversity, provide activities and build a supportive network for youth.

Sidney Alves Costa

Sidney Alves Costa is the Chief of Cabinet of the Brazilian Ministry of Tourism and the Coordinator of the Tourism Ministry’s anti-child prostitution initiative. Under Mr. Alves Costas’s leadership, Brazil has started to take significant steps to combat the problem of child prostitution and sexual trafficking especially in relation to tourism. His department developed a national campaign, called " Brazil: Love and protect it," which promoted respect for all national diversity, including race, gender and ethnic background. Mr. Alves Costa has also held international positions as a lawyer and a professor.

Deborah Cundy

Deborah Cundy is the Vice President of External Affairs for Carlson Companies. In that capacity, Ms. Cundy reports to Carlson Chairman and CEO Marilyn Carlson Nelson and assists her with external activities, including public boards, the Carlson School of Management, the World Economic Forum, and other civic and philanthropic activities. She is also the founder and president of Envoy Communications Group, a Twin Cities consulting firm. Ms. Cundy has served on the Communications Committee of Women Venture in St. Paul, Minnesota., and has participated in the International Institute's Women's Mentoring Program for refugee women.

Barbara Frey

Professor Barbara Frey is the Director of the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota. She was elected in 2000 as an alternate member of the U.N. Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, a body of independent experts who advise the United Nations on human rights policy. In 2002, Ms. Frey was appointed by the Sub-Commission to conduct a three-year study on the issue of preventing human rights abuses committed with small arms and light weapons. She also served from 1985 to 1996 as the Executive Director of Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights. Frey has been teaching international human rights at the University of Minnesota in both the Law School and the Institute for Global Studies since 1989. She is the immediate Past Chair of the St. Paul-Minneapolis Committee on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Board of Directors of Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights.

Berglind Halldorsdottir

Berglind Halldorsdottir is in her senior year at the University of Minnesota pursuing a B.A. in Anthropology, in conjunction with a minor in Global Studies. She is one of the founding members of the Students Against Human Trafficking and works as a Program Assistant at the University of Minnesota's Human Rights Program. Berglind will be attending law school in Fall 2006.

Kyla Kaun

Kyla Kaun is an experiential woman from Vancouver BC, Canada. She is the current Director of Public Relations at PEERS Vancouver, a non profit organization that offers exiting programs for sex workers. Her duties include Public Education presentations, fundraising, and media coverage. She is also a member of the Canadian National Coalition of Experiential Woman, a membership of experiential women working towards improving sex worker rights, heath and safety issues, and addressing issues regarding sexual exploitation of women and children. She is currently working towards her degree in Political Science and intends to continue working with sex workers and victims of trafficking. Kyla’s personal experience in sex trafficking began when she was twelve years old, which gives her a unique perspective on the issue of the sexual trafficking of children.

Sally Kenney

Sally J. Kenney is a professor at the Humphrey Institute, where she also serves as the director of the Center on Women and Public Policy. She is the author of For Whose Protection? Reproductive Hazards and Exclusionary Policies in the United States and Britain, and is the co-editor of Politics and Feminist Standpoint Theories and Constitutional Dialogues in Comparative Perspective. Her work has been published in Comparative Political Studies, Law and Social Inquiry, Political Research Quarterly, Women and Politics, and Judicature as well as in law reviews. She also writes a column on feminist detective novels, and serves on the boards of the Minnesota Women's Campaign and WATCH.

Sanjay Kundu

Mr. Kundu is an Indian Police Service Officer and serves as deputy inspector general in the Ministry of Home Affairs. He is responsible for international engagements, border management, and trans-border crimes. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and a master’s degree in police sciences. He is a Humphrey fellow studying human rights, public policy, leadership and management and their relation to law enforcement and national security.

Lyndall De Marco

Lyndall De Marco is the Executive Director of the Global Partnership. She is also the former Corporate Director of Education for Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts, where she administered the development of a value-based company culture and an education and management system to ensure business success across 11 countries. In 1994, Ms. De Marco co-founded the Youth Career Development Program in Thailand and the Philippines, which has been recognized by UNAIDS as one of the ten best practices in the world for AIDS prevention. Ms. De Marco currently oversees the IBLF’s Youth Career Initiative (YCI), Digital Partnership (DP), and International Tourism Partnership (ITP) programs.

Mohammed Mattar

Professor Mattar is an Adjunct Professor of Law and the Executive Director of the Protection Project at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. Recognized as an international expert on anti-trafficking legislation, Dr. Matter has testified on the subject before Congressional committees; previously served as adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center and at American University Washington College of Law; was legal adviser to the Abu Dhabi Free Zone Authority of the United Arab Emirates, the Arab National Bank in Saudi Arabia and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Washington, D.C.; served as assistant professor at Alexandria University in Alexandria, Egypt, and Arab University of Beirut; fluent in Arabic; S.J.D., Tulane University.

Cynthia Messer

Cynthia Messer is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota Tourism Center. She is the author of the World Tourism Organization (WTO) Training Modules for youth and tourism professionals. While continuing her research and education efforts in customer service, she also works with communities and tourism organizations on tourism development issues. She has assumed responsibilities for the Center's Rural Tourism curriculum development and continues her research in the area of exploitation of children through travel and tourism.

Ambassador John Miller

Ambassador John R. Miller is Director of the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on human trafficking. The Trafficking in Persons Office coordinates U.S. Government activities in the global fight against modern-day slavery, including forced labor and sexual exploitation, which impacts some 800,000 women, children, and men every year. From 1985 to 1993, Mr. Miller served in the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Washington. While in Congress, Mr. Miller held a seat on the House Committee on International Relations and was a member of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. He was active in furthering the struggle of Eastern European countries to gain freedom from the control of the then-Soviet Union, and he visited Lithuania to encourage free elections and independence there. For his leadership on human rights, the Seattle Anti-Defamation League gave Mr. Miller its Torch of Freedom Award.

Marilyn Carlson Nelson

Recognized as a worldwide business leader, Marilyn Carlson Nelson is Chairman and CEO of the Carlson Companies. She also serves on the boards of Exxon Mobil Corporation and U S West. She is Millennium Chair of the Travel Industry Association of America and has also served on the board of First Bank System from 1978 to April 1997. She has been a member of the World Travel and Tourism Council and a member of the World Economic Forum since 1997. At the invitation of President Bill Clinton, she was a delegate to the White House Conference on Tourism in 1996. Forbes magazine has regularly named her as one of "The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women." Ms. Carlson Nelson also holds the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship from the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. At the University of Minnesota, she serves on the Board of Overseers of the Curtis L. Carlson School of Management.

Dianna Nelson

Diana Nelson is Chair of the U.S. Board of the World Childhood Foundation and is a trustee of the Curtis L. Carlson Family Foundation. She joined the Carlson Companies Board in 2003. She has worked for Ogilvy & Mather Advertising, American Express Travel Related Service, Inc., and also as an independent marketing consultant. She is the Chair of The Harvard College Fund and also serves on the Executive Committee of Harvard University's Committee on University Resources.

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin

Fionnuala Ní Aoláin is concurrently the Dorsey and Whitney Chair in Law at the University of Minnesota Law School and a Professor of Law at the University of Ulster’s Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is co-founder and Associate Director of the Institute. In 2003, she was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as Special Expert on promoting gender equality in times of conflict and peace-making. In 2004, she was nominated by the Irish government to the European Court of Human Rights, the first woman and the first academic lawyer to be thus nominated.

Wenchi Yu Perkins

Wenchi Yu Perkins is the Director of Anti-Trafficking and Human Rights Program at Vital Voices. She is responsible for developing and managing Vital Voices’ anti-trafficking and other human rights initiatives. She has represented Vital Voices at the United Nations and has spoken before Congress on international trafficking issues. Prior to joining Vital Voices, Ms. Perkins served victims of trafficking and conducted training for law enforcement and NGOs in the Midwest. Ms. Perkins has also been involved in labor rights and corporate social responsibility work in East Asia through research and policy advocacy. She was a foreign policy assistant at the Taiwanese Parliament and worked for Taiwan’s Consulate in Chicago, Illinois.

Amy O'Neill Richard

Amy O’Neill Richard is the Senior Advisor to the Director in the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP). She has developed and implemented policies to combat human trafficking and child sex tourism. She also serves as the Chair of the Senior Policy Operating Group’s Subcommittee on Trafficking Research, which is responsible for coordinating USG efforts on TIP research. Ms. O’Neill Richard previously worked as the office’s Senior Coordinator for Reports where she prepared and oversaw the Department’s Annual Trafficking in Persons Report, the most comprehensive anti-trafficking review issued by any government.

Kathryn Sikkink

Kathryn Sikkink is an Arleen C. Carlson Professor of Political Science and a McKnight Distinguished University Professor at the University of Minnesota. She is a fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Association for Arts and Sciences, a member of the editorial board of the American Political Science Review, and International Studies Quarterly, and the chair of the editorial board of the journal International Organization. Professor Sikkink chairs the advisory board of the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota. Her numerous publications include Mixed Signals: U.S. Human Rights Policy and Latin America; Activists Beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics, The Power of Human Rights: International Norms and Domestic Change, and Restructuring World Politics: Transnational Social Movements, Networks and Norms.

Carol Smolenski

Carol Smolenski is the founder and Executive Director of ECPAT-USA (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography, and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes), a nonprofit organization established in 1991 to end the commercial sexual exploitation of children. ECPAT-USA provides information and training to community organizations, schools, churches, international organizations and others on the issue of child sexual trafficking. In 2000, ECPAT-USA established the New York City Task Force Against Sexual Exploitation of Young People, which is an independent, non-governmental coalition of individuals, community-based groups and organizations that focus on the issues of child prostitution and trafficking in the city.

Camelia Tepelus

Camelia Tepelus is the coordinator of the Secretariat of the Code of Conduct, for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. The Code won the British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Award in 2003. This project engages the tourism private sector, namely tour operators and travel agencies, in preventing and combating sexual exploitation of children in travel and tourism. Ms. Tepelus has developed different tools for educators and industry professionals to use for the training of students and personnel, helping them to identify and stop the practice of human trafficking.

Chantal Thomas

Chantal Thomas is a visiting professor of Law in the areas of International Law and Developing Countries, Corporations, Contracts, and Law and Globalization. She serves on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, on the International Trade Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, as an International Trade Specialist with the Africa Law Initiative of the American Bar Association, and on the Board of Directors of the American Foreign Law Association. Professor Thomas focuses her scholarship on the relationship between international law and economic justice in a variety of contexts.

Babina Tuladhar

Babina Tuladhar is a 3rd year student at the College of Saint Catherine. She is majoring in International Relations and Political Science with a minor in Women's Studies. Babina is a member of the Students Against Human Trafficking organization. In the Fall of 2005, Babina helped raise awareness on Human Trafficking by organizing a seminar entitled "Human Trafficking: A Minnesota Issue." This summer, Babina plans to work with Esther Benjamins Trust to help marginalized children in Nepal—many of them victims of trafficking. Babina is also a volunteer at the Emancipation Network as well as Maiti Nepal. After graduation, she plans on attending law school.

Ann Veneman

Ann Veneman is the Executive Director of UNICEF. Prior to joining UNICEF in 2005, Ms. Veneman served as the 27th United States Secretary of Agriculture. As a leader in international trade and development, Ms. Veneman championed programs to reduce world hunger and strengthen the food-producing capacity of developing nations. Much of her career has been focused on child nutrition, public health, and alleviating hunger, including new approaches to help fight malnutrition around the world. At UNICEF, Ms. Veneman directs a global agency of 10,000 staff and an annual budget of more than $2 billion.

Melanne Verveer

Melanne Verveer is the co-founder and chair of the Board of Vital Voices Global Partnership in Washington, D.C. Vital Voices is an international NGO that focuses on expanding women’s participation in politics and civil society; increasing women’s entrepreneurship and fighting human rights abuses, particularly the trafficking of women and children. In the Clinton Administration, Ms. Verveer served as the Assistant to the President and the Chief of Staff to the First Lady. In that role, Ms. Verveer was in charge of overseeing Hillary Clinton's global initiatives on women's rights as human rights, democracy building, micro-enterprise development, and the education of women and girls. She was instrumental in coordinating the US response to the growing global problem of the trafficking of human beings and represented the US government at various international conferences.

Kimberly Walsh

Kimberly Walsh is the Human Rights Fellowship and Training Coordinator at the University of Minnesota Law School’s Human Rights Center. She was one of the recipients for the Upper Midwest International Human Rights Fellowship Program. She has interned at the Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (NKHR), an NGO based in Seoul, South Korea. Ms. Walsh has also volunteered for the University-YMCA for 2 years, guiding and facilitating social justice travel trips for students to be exposed to global issues and become more reflective of their roles within the world changing systems.