Professor to give talk about human trafficking

March 31, 2014 | Events, UToday, — Languages, Literature and Social Sciences, — Social Justice and Human Service
By Kevin Bucher

The city of Toledo ranks fourth in the nation for sex trafficking arrests and prosecutions among those U.S. cities with Innocence Lost Task Forces.



Dr. Celia Williamson, a professor in the Social Work Department at The University of Toledo, will deliver an informative seminar about this issue Wednesday, April 2, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Driscoll Alumni Center Schmakel Room.

“I think it is the human rights issue of our generation,” Williamson said. “It is a community problem, and the community needs to be involved and active in the effort to end human trafficking.”

Williamson is a nationally known expert and has presented at several international conferences on the topic.

Her presentation titled “Improving the Human Condition: Responding to Human Trafficking” will focus on human trafficking with particular attention to domestic minor sex trafficking.

She founded the Second Chance program in Lucas County in 1993, the oldest program in the state that works with prostituted women and trafficked youth.

Williamson will give information about human trafficking around the world, in the United States, in Ohio and in Toledo.

“The mission of The University of Toledo is to improve the human condition, and I think everyone should be informed and know what suspicious activity to look for and how to report it,” Williamson said.

Tickets will be available for $5 with pre-registration or $6 at the door. Light hors d’oeuvres are included with ticket purchase.

Reservations can be made by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 419.530.2586 or by registering at

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