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USAID Launches Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative from Pepperdine
USAID has chosen Pepperdine University as the site from which the organization will launch its newest initiative in the war on human trafficking. On Thursday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. Elkins Auditorium will serve as the introductory point for the Counter Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) Campus Challenge.
In its fight against human trafficking, USAID is encouraging college students and faith-based groups from throughout the country to play a critical role in how the United States government addresses the complexities surrounding this modern day slavery. The challenge, coordinated by USAID's Office of Faith-Based Initiatives, will award prizes to student teams from colleges across the country that present innovative solutions to the problem. The Malibu launch will feature remarks from USAID administrator Rajiv Shah, followed by a moderated conversation with representatives from Google Ideas, International Justice Mission, Not For Sale, USAID, and Pepperdine.
Rajiv Shah serves as the 16th Administrator of USAID and leads the efforts of more than 8,000 professionals in 80 missions around the world. Since being sworn in on Dec. 31, 2009, Shah managed the U.S. Government's response to the devastating 2010 earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; co-chaired the State Department's first review of American diplomacy and development operations; and now spearheads President Barack Obama's landmark Feed the Future food security initiative.
Before becoming USAID's Administrator, Shah served as undersecretary for research, education and economics, and as chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prior to joining the Obama administration, Shah served for seven years with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Shah earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and his master's in health economics from the Wharton School of Business. He attended the London School of Economics and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
The event, which is part of the Global Justice Speaker Series at the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion, and Ethics, comes only months before a similar topic is tackled at the annual Nootbaar conference. Scheduled for February 8 to 9, Intercountry Adoption: Orphan Rescue or Child-Trafficking, is slated to feature a variety of expert panelists that will explore the legal, religious, and ethical issues surrounding child trafficking.
For more information regarding the USAID visit or the annual conference, contact the Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute for Law, Religion, and Ethics at (310) 506-6978 or visit the Pepperdine School of Law website.