Khalilah L. Brown-Dean, associate professor of political science at Quinnipiac University and author of the recent Ebony article “Who Fights for Black Girls,” said the U.S. has embarked on a very challenging mission of global significance particularly in regard to the war on terrorism in its attempt to find the missing Nigerian girls.
“Human trafficking is one of the most significant human rights violations of our time,” Brown-Dean said. ”One that generates billions of dollars for people who routinely use that profit to fund terroristic activity. But beyond that, the mission highlights the concern that this particular kidnapping is deeply connected to broader challenges facing girls and women across the world. We need a global commitment to affirming the inherent worth of girls. Their worth can not be determined by the price affixed to them by Boko Haram and other extremists.”
To arrange an interview with Brown-Dean, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations at Quinnipiac, at 203-206-4449 (cell).
Quinnipiac’s School of Nursing and St. Vincent’s Medical Center are sponsoring Stolen Lives: An Interprofessional Response to Human Trafficking at the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on the university’s North Haven Campus from May 29- May 30.
The conference is open to community groups, health care and law enforcement professionals, policy makers, students and others with an interest in addressing this egregious human rights issue.
The registration deadline is May 28, 2014.