Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 3, 2006

Great Decisions Series to Feature April 18 Lecture by
Leading Expert on Human Trafficking

Michele Clark, a leading expert on human trafficking, will present the final lecture of the 49th annual Great Decisions Lecture Series at Whitworth College. The series features five speakers who focus on current political, cultural and economic subjects of interest to the international community. The public is invited to attend the lectures free of charge. A background book that covers the lecture series, Great Decisions 2006, is available for purchase at the Whitworth bookstore. For more information, please call (509) 777-3270.

Clark's lecture, "Human Rights: Human Trafficking," will take place on Tuesday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson Teaching Theatre in Weyerhaeuser Hall at Whitworth. Clark's campus visit is co-sponsored by Bank of America.

Clark heads the Anti-Trafficking Assistance Unit at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. She holds this position as a U.S. government appointee, which requires Congressional approval. Clark is stationed in Vienna, but travels around the world, working with governments and non-government organizations to combat human trafficking.

Clark was previously co-director of The Protection Project at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. She is also a founding member of the War Against Trafficking Alliance, a coalition of individuals, organizations and institutions that works in defense of women and children who are held captive and forced into the international sex-trafficking industry.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Barbara Brodrick, academic program assistant, politics & history department, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3270 or bbrodrick@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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