WHO: Laura J. Lederer, senior adviser, Office to Monitor and Combat
in Persons, U.S. Department of State. She earned her Juris
Doctorate from
the University of San Francisco Law School and DePaul
College of Law in 1994.

She will present a lecture on: “Trafficking in Persons: News From the
U.S. State Department.” There are an estimated 700,000 to two million women
and children who are trafficked into prostitution or forced labor around the
world annually. International trafficking is a major abuse of human rights,
affecting primarily women, many of whom are foced into sex slavery. Congress
estimates that some 50,000 women and children are trafficked into the U.S.
each year.

Event sponsors are the President’s Peace Commisison of St.Mary’s and the
Shalom Network of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND).

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 26

WHERE: Conference Room A (second floor), University Center
St. Mary’s University, One Camino Santa Maria.

COST: Free. Open to general public.

Lederer’s lecture is being presented as part of the spring 2003 President’s
Peace Commission program: “Bully or Friend? The U.S. in the World Today,”
scheduled Tuesday, March 25
to Thursday, March 27. For information, contact Diane Duesterhoeft at

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