E. Benjamin Skinner will expose a modern-day, monstrous crime in Feb. 22 talk

E. Benjamin Skinner

On Monday, Feb. 22, the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life will present journalist, and Schuster Institute senior fellow, E. Benjamin Skinner in the latest Social Justice Leadership Series event. Skinner will discuss his investigation into modern-day slavery in a 7 p.m. talk at Rapaporte Treasure Hall in Goldfarb Library.
Skinner has the dubious honor of having seen the purchase of human beings on four continents. He will discuss his award-winning book, "A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face With Modern-Day Slavery," which details his journeys through such countries as Romania, India, Haiti, and Sudan, and his quest to expose the horrors of modern-day slavery, still all too prevalent today.
“We feel privileged to have Ben Skinner as a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute,” said institute Founding Director Florence Graves. “He has spent more than five years traveling the world—often risking his personal safety as he came face-to-face with traffickers at illegal brothels, slave quarries and urban child markets—to expose and to explain that millions of people are enslaved today.
"During the evening, he will highlight his investigation into Haiti's child trafficking several years ago. Incredibly, he was able to negotiate the purchase of a child for $50—within eight hours after leaving New York City."
Skinner will also speak about his personal journey, how he came to follow a path of journalism, social justice, and human rights, and his post-earthquake trips to Haiti. Click here to see coverage of Skinner’s recent Haiti trips.
The Social Justice Leadership Series aims to enrich Brandeis life by bringing to campus inspiring, informed speakers who have forged careers that are driven by a commitment to social justice and human rights in the U.S. and around the globe. The next SoJust Series event will feature My Sister’s Keeper co-founder Gloria White-Hammond on March 22.
Skinner’s talk is free and open to the public. The event is cosponsored by: the Department of Sociology; Education Program; Feminist Sexual Ethics Project; Gen Ed Now; Gender and International Development Initiatives; Heller Gender Working Group; Interfaith Chaplaincy of Brandeis; International Business School; Legal Studies Program; M.A. Program in Cultural Production; Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Brandeis; Peace, Conflict, and Coexistence Studies; Positive Foundations; Social Justice Social Policy Program; Student Global AIDS Campaign; The Heller School for Social Policy and Management; the Journalism Program; the Women's Studies Research Center; and Women's and Gender Studies.

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