Blockchain & Human Trafficking Prevention: The Unconference

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Can the tech phenomenon known as "blockchain" help prevent the worldwide problem of Human Trafficking?

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Join us and our group of esteemed tech and policy experts to explore the possibilities of preventing the global crime of human trafficking, that affects millions of people around the world, using the latest technologies in innovative and yet unthought of ways.

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  • Industry & Government - $250 (35 tickets available)
  • Academia - $100 (20 tickets available)
  • Students - $25 (15 tickets available)

Why an "Unconference"?

An unconference is a conference organized, structured and led by the people attending it. Instead of passive listening, all attendees and organizers are encouraged to become participants, with discussion leaders providing moderation and structure for attendees.

The primary goal of this unconference is to explore way in which blockchain technology may be used to prevent human trafficking, so that NGOs and others working on this issue can compete with traffickers using one of the leading technologies of today. Experts in the field will discuss the realities of trafficking on the ground, including the perspective of the NGOs and trafficking victims, while technologists will contribute their knowledge of blockchain’s technical capabilities and currently envisioned uses.

We will examine a number of potential uses of blockchain for prevention, including:

  • Using blockchain to bring financial services to “unbanked” adults to alleviate the credit squeeze that makes them vulnerable to traffickers and loan sharks, resulting in all kinds of preventable exploitation
  • Leveraging blockchain for stronger supply chain audit, to facilitate policing of supply chain against trafficking

Anne Ahola Ward is a published Author and above all, Futurist. Known as the Mother of Startups, Ward was named as one of Entrepreneur’s “27 Top Masters of Marketing that everyone can learn from” in 2014, and again in “Top 50 Inspirational Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2017”. Anne sometimes tours as an IoT Influencer with the elite IBM Futurist Program.

Her list of clients include Apple, Dr. Phil, Samsung, Heroku, Twilio, Inc. magazine, Farmer’s Insurance, A&E Intervention’s Ken Seeley and Rikki Rockett from Poison.

Anne has thrived in most areas of technology, having mastered almost every role in web development; DBA, webmaster, developer, graphic designer, and video editor. She was an early entrant into the field of search engine optimization as the field was forming.

Commonly known as “Dr. Bitcoin” in cryptocurrency circles, Mark Hopkins is a blockchain and cryptocurrency enthusiast who has been heavily involved in the space since 2011. A former Associate Editor at Mashable, Mark was the Founding Editor at SiliconANGLE Network before becoming a venture partner at Barista Ventures and Founder at Roger Wilco, a consultancy that helps cryptocurrency companies achieve a successful ICO.

Dr. David A Feingold is the director of the Ophidian Research Institute and Ophidian Films Ltd.. For fifteen years, he served as International Coordinator for Trafficking and HIV/AIDS in the Office of the Regional Advisor for Culture, UNESCO, Bangkok. He developed the UNESCO HIV/AIDS and Trafficking Program with two mandates: intensive research and ethnic minority populations. The program developed the only research-based culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention materials, authored in minority languages. These focus on preventing HIV transmission and preventing trafficking and unsafe migration, as well as promoting stigma reduction regarding HIV positive people and victims of human trafficking. The program also developed the UNESCO Trafficking Statistics Project that tracked and evaluated trafficking numbers. He developed and directed the UNESCO Highland Citizenship Project. He organized and directed the two largest vulnerability surveys of highland people in Thailand, and the first GIS-linked epidemiological mapping of HIV and AIDS for Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos. In addition, he coordinated the UNESCO project on cultural factors in the prevention and promotion of gender-based violence, and is consulting with Embode on forced labor in the palm oil industry.

Educated at Dartmouth, Yale and Columbia, he is a research anthropologist and award-winning documentary filmmaker. He has conducted extensive field research in Southeast Asia over four decades, particularly among the Akha and Shan peoples, and in Cambodia. He has represented UNESCO at numerous international fora on human trafficking, including as the representative to ICAT. He also chaired the Statelessness Working Group. He served on the management board of UNIAP. . His films have been made for PBS, NBC, ABC, BBC, CH-4 (U.K.), FR-3(France), and the National Geographic. Most of his films are distributed by Documentary Educational Resources (www.der.org ). He served as a Visiting Professor at the American University of Paris, is a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and a Fellow of the Centre d’Anthropologie de la Chine du Sud et de la Peninsule Indochinoise (CACSPI).

Alex Lakatos is a partner in the Washington DC office of Mayer Brown’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Financial Services Regulatory & Enforcement practices. Alex practices in complex international litigation, particularly on behalf of non-US financial institutions. He also counsels financial institutions on banking and securities regulatory, enforcement, legislative, and strategic issues. He has significant experience in matters where these areas intersect – for example, the litigation of cross-border disputes in US court in tandem with a DOJ, OFAC or bank enforcement investigation. His matters often include parallel litigation in non-US forums. He is experienced in contesting issues of particular concern to non-US financial institutions, such as financial privacy, data protection, multi-jurisdictional discovery, choice‑of-law conflicts, sanctions compliance and asset forfeiture.

Chris is a social entrepreneur, futurist, and tech enthusiast, passionate about social justice with 20 years of experience in human rights education and advocacy using technology - including 360 video and VR. She is an avid believer in using tech for good to document, promote and raise support for mostly Thai partner projects.

Chris founded Prevent Human Trafficking (PHT) in 1999 to address this heinous phenomenon. In the process, she and her team have helped hundreds of individuals, organizations and government agencies, to tackle the root causes of human trafficking through direct support, technical assistance utilizing all kinds of media for work mostly in Thailand and the US.

Her professional trajectory was driven by her upbringing in South and Southeast Asia where she was born in Bombay, India, and raised in a cult in the region where she encountered exploited children daily. Her expertise has contributed to policy and legislative change, including passage of the original Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000. She pioneered using VR to tell stories of child survivors of human trafficking, and is currently working on a Slavery at Sea VR experience.

Chris has consulted for more than 100 companies, agencies, governments, foundations and nonprofit organizations worldwide, and taken hundreds of people on annual anti-trafficking study tours to Thailand, to learn about the issues first hand, from some of the pioneers of the global movement, who risk their lives daily on the front lines to prevent human trafficking. For everyone else, she offers the opportunity to experience it without having to travel - using the latest technology available.

What is Prevent Human Trafficking?

Visit us at: PreventHumanTrafficking.org

Founded in 1999, Prevent Human Trafficking (PHT) is a Washington, D.C., based non-profit organization focused on preventing vulnerable individuals and groups from being subject to the heinous crime of human trafficking. While other organizations focus on rescue and detection of the crime, PHT works with with individuals, organizations, agencies and governmental entities to tackle the root causes of human trafficking through direct support and technical assistance particularly by using innovative technology and media to promote best practices and inspire sustainable solutions in the movement to prevent human trafficking.

Since its founding, PHT has focused on using #techforgood in partnership with several organizations in Thailand in particular, including promoting scholarships and supporting shelters, vocational rehabilitation programs, micro-credit loans, and training hundreds of young professionals to become the next leaders in the anti trafficking movement. PHT also provides training to foreign diplomats based in the U.S. including U.S. law enforcement. Our #techforgood focus includes pioneering an SMS-based system that crowd-sources suspected trafficking incidents in near real time, while conventional media, 360 video, and VR videos aim to raise awareness of trafficking issues and garner support for effective grass roots organizations with a victim-centered approach toward prevention.

MANY THANKS TO OUR LOCATION HOST, Mayer Brown, LLP

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The Washington DC office serves the interests of our global, national and local clients across a broad range of practice areas. The office anchors our Supreme Court & Appellate practice, which is consistently ranked as the leading practice of its kind in the United States by Chambers, Legal 500, and other ranking bodies. The office continues to expand on its top-tier practices in such areas as antitrust, environmental, finance, financial services regulatory and enforcement, government contracts, government relations, information technology, international trade, litigation, outsourcing, product liability, projects, real estate, securities enforcement and tax.

Lawyers in this office are routinely recognized as leaders in the Washington legal scene by such publications as the Washington Business Journal, The Washingtonian, Legal Times, Benchmark, and of course Chambers and Legal 500, and have served in senior positions in government and public service. A sampling of these positions includes: Special Assistant to the President; Deputy Counsel to the President; Secretary of Commerce; member of Congress; US Trade Representative; Deputy Solicitor General; Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the DOJ Antitrust Division; Associate Chief Counsel of the IRS; and Branch Chief of the SEC.

The Washington office is also deeply committed to firmwide and local pro bono and community service activities. Among many other pro bono activities, the office participates in the DC Bar Pro Bono Program Advocacy & Justice Clinic, taking cases of vital importance to the indigent community. The office also supports Urban Alliance in hosting high school senior interns, as well as organizing fund raising, mock trials, and other student events for Higher Achievement.

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