China and Human Trafficking: Updates and Analysis

628 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 | Friday, August 20, 2010 - 10:00am to 11:30am
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At this CECC roundtable, panelists examined recent developments in the Chinese government's efforts to combat human trafficking and discussed prospects for and obstacles to further progress. In the last year the Chinese government has acceded to the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children. Will its accession impact developments on the ground? What challenges do current labor conditions in China present for defining and addressing human trafficking, including labor trafficking? How do political pressure and human rights in China intersect with the issue of human trafficking?


Mr. Earl Brown, Labor and Employment Law Counsel and China Program Director, Solidarity Center, AFL-CIO

Ms. Tiantian Zheng, Professor of Anthropology and Coordinator of Asian/Middle Eastern Studies Program, State University of New York, Cortland

Mr. Wan Yanhai, Director of Beijing Aizhixing Institute; expert on HIV/AIDS, human rights and civil society in China

Mr. Patrick Radden Keefe, Fellow, The Century Foundation; author of The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream