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UST Hosts Human Trafficking Lecture
Photo: ChainsThe University of St. Thomas Center for International Studies and Students Working Against Trafficking (SWAT) will host, “Human Trafficking: The Issue and Responses,” at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 10 in Ahern Room, Crooker Center, 3909 Graustark.

Speakers include Dr. Thang D. Nguyen, executive director of Boat People SOS; Terrence O’Rourke, assistant county attorney and CIS professor; Linda Geffin, chief of special prosecution, Harris County Attorney’s Office and Morgan K. Zamora, Students Working Against Trafficking (SWAT) president.

The Center for International Studies is co-sponsoring panel discussion with Students Working Against Trafficking in an effort to shed some light on these efforts. Expert panelists will discuss how human trafficking affects our community and global society as well as the various methods undertaken to address the issue. 

Houston is used as both a destination and transistional location for human trafficking. UST's Social Entrepreneurship Program and SWAT are working together with YMCA International to create a microfinance program that benefits victims of human trafficking in Houston. Their goal is to empower the victims and give them the resources and training they need to run a successful business and give them real world skills they can use to better their lives and future.

SWAT is a student club dedicated to the fight against human trafficking, the modern-day slavery. Their mission is to educate the student body and local community about the issue of human trafficking in locally and internationally.  SWAT hosts film screenings about human trafficking, and raises public awareness through volunteer work within the community. SWAT currently has more than 40 members and 11 officers. 

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Betcy Jose-Thota at 713-525-3533 or

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