The New York Connection to Domestic Human Trafficking: A Panel Discussion


While the words “human trafficking” sometimes evoke distant lands and faraway problems, trafficking occurs right here in our own backyard, with both JFK Airport and the Port Authority Bus Terminal, hotel chains and local businesses serving as conduits for the criminal exploitation of young women.

Panelists include former trafficking victims Shandra Woworuntu and Stacy Jewell Lewis, as well as Meredith Dank, an expert in the field of human trafficking research, and Sarah Porter of the organization ECPAT-USA.

The event aims to help New Yorkers understand what they can do to recognize the types of social, economic and cultural conditions that allow human trafficking to thrive in our city and empower them to prevent these crimes. Resources and information will be available. Dinner will be served.

The event is sponsored by the William R. Kenan Scholars Program at Macaulay Honors College and Avasara, a CUNY-wide organization dedicated to educating students about the reality of human trafficking.

May 13 2014, 6:30-8:30pm
FREE and Open to the Public
Macaulay Honors College 35 West 67th Street

About Macaulay Honors College Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York offers exceptional students a uniquely personalized education with access to the vast resources of the nation’s largest urban university and New York City itself.   Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, Macaulay students receive a full-tuition scholarship, a laptop and technology support, and an Opportunities Fund to pursue global learning and service opportunities. Macaulay students enroll in one of eight CUNY senior colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, John Jay, Lehman, Queens and Staten Island). For more information, see