Dr. Kevin Bales

Dr. Kevin Bales is Professor of Contemporary Slavery at the University of Nottingham and co-founder of Free the Slaves. His Pulitzer-nominated book Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy was named one of “100 World-Changing Discoveries” by the Association of British Universities in 2006. The film based on Disposable People, which he co-wrote, won a Peabody Award and two Emmy Awards. Bales has advised the US, British, Irish, Norwegian, and Nepali governments, as well as the ECOWAS Community, on slavery and human trafficking policy. In 2005 he published Understanding Global Slavery, an edited collection of Bales’ academic articles.

Following the publication of Ending Slavery: How We Free Today’s Slaves (2007), Bales was invited to address the Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Paris. After reading Ending Slavery, President Clinton told the plenary session of the Clinton Global Initiative: “It tells you that it is a problem we can solve, and here’s how to do it.” In 2011, Ending Slavery won the $100,000 Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Promoting World Order.

In 2008, with Zoe Trodd, he published To Plead Our Own Cause: Personal Stories by Today’s Slaves; and with seven Magnum photographers, Documenting Disposable People: Contemporary Global Slavery. In 2009, with Ron Soodalter, published The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today. He is currently writing on the relationship between slavery and environmental destruction; building a global slavery index with Monti Datta and, with Jody Sarich, a book exploring forced marriage worldwide.

Dr. Mohamed Y. Mattar

Dr. Mohamed Y. Mattar’s professional expertise is in comparative and international law, especially international human rights law. Recognized as an international expert on anti-trafficking legislation, Dr. Mattar has worked over 15 years in more than 75 countries, including countries in the Middle East, to promote state compliance with international human rights standards and to advise governments on drafting, implementing, and enforcing anti-trafficking legislation and related human rights laws. Dr. Mattar leads the work of The Protection Project on trafficking in persons; clinical education; corporate social responsibility; legal reform; the promotion of religious dialogue; enhancing civil society capacity; and human rights education.

Dr. Mattar has testified in the United States on the status of human trafficking around the world at various Congressional Hearings, including the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission; the Helsinki Committee for Security and Cooperation; the House Committee on Government Reform, Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness; the House Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Human Rights; and the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Property Rights. He also testified before the Russian Duma, the Mexican Senate, as well as the Egyptian Parliament. He has served as a member of numerous United Nations expert groups, as well as an expert advisor to the League of Arab States. He drafted the Inter-Parlimentarian Handbook on the Appropriate Responses to the Problem of Trafficking in Persons.

Dr. Mattar teaches courses on International Trafficking in Persons; Corporate Social Responsibility; International Contract Law; Comparative Contract Law; Contract Drafting Techniques; Investment and Trade Laws of the Middle East; Islamic Law; Introduction to the American Legal System; International Business and Human Rights; International Arbitration; and International Human Rights: Theory and Practice. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Protection Project Journal of Human Rights and Civil Society. He is currently Clinical Professor of Law at Qatar University of Law, teaching courses on Labor Law, Legal Ethics and Legal clinics in the bachelor’s in law program and International Construction Contracts in the Master in Private Law. He is also Legal Advisor to the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs.

Cory Smith

Cory Smith has been a long time advocate for vulnerable populations by protecting human rights, immigrant rights, civil rights and civil liberties through federal legislation, appropriations and executive branch measures. Currently Cory works for the private foundation Humanity United (HU) established by the Omidyars who founded E-bay.   HU seeks to end mass atrocities and modern day slavery by investing in NGOs in the U.S. and abroad.

Cory served as the Executive Director and Advocacy Director for Enough, a project to end genocide and mass atrocities at the Center for American Progress and was the Deputy Campaign Manager for the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CCIR), the campaign that led efforts to overhaul the U.S. immigration system.  He also served as Legislative Counsel for Human Rights First in Washington, DC and  as a Policy Analyst at the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), the nation’s oldest, largest and most diverse civil rights coaltion.

Cory has written for the Washington Post and appeared in articles in the Boston Globe, the Baltimore Sun, and Associated Press among others. Recent publications include the Not on Our Watch Christian CompanionDarfur Catholic Companion and Discussion Guide and Faithful Against Torture. He holds a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law (2000) is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

Stephen M. Apatow

Stephen M. Apatow is president and founder of the UN NGO Humanitarian Resource Institute. Programs include the Humanitarian University Consortium that serves as an international community of scholars, a bridge between Humanitarian Resource Institute and the international academic community, a think tank in support of the United Nations programs and the promotion of higher learning through both traditional and distance education. He is also the founder of the United Nations Arts Initiative, connecting educators and artists, who have the innovation, creativity and connection to the grassroots level in 193 UN member countries. Arts Integration Into Education focuses on prioritized humanitarian emergencies and relief operations through direct participation with strategic planning, critical analysis, expert think tank development for background discussions, peer reviewed data compilation and communications that engage decision makers and audiences in a target demographic. In 2011, he established H-II OPSEC Expeditionary Operations, to provide defense support for humanitarian and security emergencies, currently beyond the capabilities of governmental, UN, NGO and relief organizations.

Helen Burrows

Helen Burrows is a human rights lawyer and international justice reform practitioner. Over the past 20 years, she has advised and collaborated with governments and justice sectors in 50 countries to address human and civil rights violations. She holds Masters degrees in International Law, Anthropology and Development, and is committed to the development of the rule of law globally; delivering justice, dignity and respect to all.