The $$ and Sense of Modern Slavery

Apr 5, 2014
9:00 am — 1:30 pm
Bent Hall
Open to Public
Registration Required
April 5, 2014 9:00 am

"Human trafficking is a crime against humanity. We must unite our efforts to free the victims and stop this increasingly aggressive crime which threatens not only individuals but the basic values of society and of international security and justice, to say nothing of the economy, and the fabric of the family and our coexistence."
-Pope Francis - 12 December, 2013

Answer the Call to Action. Come to learn and to explore the relationship between consumerism, modern slavery and human trafficking.  Find out what you can do to end this most egregious “crime against humanity”, NOW!

  • Understand the crime of human trafficking and its relationship to human rights, worker’s rights, and corporate social responsibility  
  • Explore the relationships of poverty, the trafficking of humans, modern slavery, and slavery’s links to the cost of products
  • Increase awareness and foster solidarity to stop the trafficking of humans for any purpose
  • Identify ways that each person can act mindfully in their daily lives to abolish modern slavery and to protect human dignity and worker’s rights


Fee: $20; students $5 (scholarships available)

Online registration closed. Please call 718-990-1901 for registrations.

Location: Bent Hall, St. John's University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439

For more information, please contact Mary Ann Dantuono 718-990-1612 or Kati Hamm, S.C. 718-779-8075.


9–9:30 a.m. - Registration, Coffee, and Exhibits
Bent Hall 277

9:30 a.m. - Welcome
Bent Hall 101

  • Sr. Ellen Kelly, R.G.S., Moderator of the Day, NY-CRC-STOP
  • Sr. Joan Dawber, S.C., LifeWay Network
  • Sr. Margaret John Kelly, D.C., Executive Director, Vincentian Center for Church and Society

9:40 a.m. - Opening Prayer

  • Sr. Alice Marie Giordano, O.S.U., NY-CRC-STOP
  • Sr. Mary Heyser, R.S.H.M., NY-CRC-STOP

9:50 a.m. - Keynote: Face to Face with Modern Labor Slaves
*Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Keynote presentation and
presenter has been changed.

  • E. Benjamin Skinner, award winning journalist and author of A Crime So
    Monstrous: Face to Face with Modern-Day Slavery

10:50 a.m. - Break

11:15 a.m. - Modern Slavery, Consumerism, and the Cost of Products: Perspectives from the CRS Scholars in Global Solidarity

  • Charles M. A. Clark, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
  • Christopher P. Vogt, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Theology, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Moderator - Mary Ann Dantuono, J.D., Associate Director, Vincentian Center for Church and Society

12:15 p.m. - What Can I Do to End Slavery and Labor Trafficking?
Shareholder Investment

  • Sr. Patricia Daly, O.P., Executive Director, Tri-state Coalition for Responsible Investment

Protect Immigrant and Labor Rights

  • Valeria Treves, Executive Director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE)

Fair Trade

  • Katherine Combellick, Ph.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Communications and Media Management, Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University

Moderator - Kevin Ahern, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Manhattan College

1:15 p.m. - Closing Remarks and Prayer

  • Sr. Ellen Kelly, R.S.G., NY-CRC-STOP


E. Benjamin Skinner is an award-winning author and journalist who has been studying the U.S. and global political economies, specializing in modern-day slavery. In researching his book, A Crime So Monstrous: Face to Face with Modern-Day Slavery (2008), he observed the negotiations for sale of human beings on four continents. His articles and investigations have appeared in such outlets as Time, Newsweek International, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and on ABC's Nightline and he has contributed to several edited publications. Mr. Skinner was a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism of Brandeis University from 2009 to 2013. From 2008 to 2009, he was a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy of Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He served on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade and as Special Assistant to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and as Research Associate for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Skinner frequently appears as an expert on modern slavery on national networks including ABC, CBS, CNN, C-Span, Fox, NBC, PBS, CNN, as well as international and local networks. He is the co-founder of Tau Investment Management, where he is currently a Senior Vice President.

Charles M.A. Clark, Ph.D., is a professor of economics in The Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University, a senior Vincentian research fellow, and a CRS scholar in global solidarity. His research interests include poverty and income inequality and Catholic Social Thought. He is the author or coauthor of 10 books, the most recent being Rich and Poor (2010) and Rethinking Abundance: Interdisciplinary Essays within the Catholic Social Thought Tradition (2006), as well as hundreds of other scholarly publications. Dr. Clark serves as an expert to the Holy See Mission to the United Nations on Financing for Development and Economics. He has taught and lectured internationally and holds a Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research in New York City.

Katherine Combellick, Ph.D., is a clinical associate professor of communications and media management at the Fordham Schools of Business.  Informed by her communications background and strong interests in social justice and fair trade, she has coordinated service-learning at the Gabelli School of Business at Fordham for more than a decade.  She currently teaches three fair trade courses, coordinates Fordham’s International Service-Learning Program, and oversees its business connections to Kenya, Bolivia, and India.  She holds a Ph.D. from Binghamton University.

Patricia Daly, O.P., is a Dominican Sister of Caldwell, NJ, and has worked in the fields of corporate responsibility and socially responsible investing for over 25 years. She serves as the executive director of the Tri-State Coalition of Responsible Investment, an organization of 40 Roman Catholic dioceses and religious congregations of women and men in the New York metropolitan area.

Valeria Treves is the executive director of New Immigrant Community Empowerment (NICE), a community-based organization in Jackson Heights, NY that works to ensure that new immigrants can build social, political, and economic power in their communities and beyond. The NICE member base is composed of recently arrived undocumented immigrants working in the unregulated sectors of the construction, domestic work, and restaurant industries. She holds an M.A. in Geography from Hunter College-CUNY and a B.A. in Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Valeria is a native of Argentina and grew up in Mexico, Argentina, and Los Angeles, CA.

Christopher P. Vogt, Ph.D., is an associate professor and chair of theology in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, a senior Vincentian research fellow, and a CRS scholar in global solidarity. His research is focused on Catholic Social Thought and moral formation.  He is particularly interested in the question of whether virtue ethics might provide a new way to help people understand and embrace Catholic Social Teaching. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Moral Theology and on the North American Regional Planning Committee for Catholic Theological Ethics in a World Church. He is an expert for the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations on matters of food security and sustainable development.  He earned a Ph.D in Theological Ethics from Boston College.


New York Coalition of Religious Congregations Stop Trafficking of Persons (NY-CRC-STOP) is a coalition of 34 religious congregations that are committed to ending modern slavery through education, legislative advocacy, and services for victims of trafficking.

Lifeway Network Inc. is a not-for-profit corporation that combats human trafficking by working in cooperation with other groups, individuals, and NGOs to create safe homes for victims of human trafficking in the New York area and educates the general public on the issues of human trafficking.

The Ladies Of Charity at St. John’s University is an association of Vincentian laywomen committed to alleviating poverty and promoting social justice through service, advocacy, and education. The Ladies of Charity at St. John’s is an affiliate of the Ladies of Charity USA and the International Association of Charities of St. Vincent de Paul (AIC).

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is a division Student Life at St. John’s University. Its mission is to foster a culturally pluralistic environment in which differences are recognized, understood, and appreciated through cocurricular programming for students that address global issues pertaining to race and ethnicity as well as poverty, gender, and violence.

The Vincentian Center for Church and Society was created at St. John’s University in 1994 to serve as a resource to identify and respond to the needs of the local Church. The Center’s core purpose, relating the University to the Church, is uniquely addressed through its Vincentian sponsorship, metropolitan location, and diverse personnel resources. By utilizing these resources, the Center collaborates with and provides service to the Church, thereby connecting the University to the Church community.