Forced Labor Slavery/Sustainable Consumption Conference

May 3, 2014
1:00 pm — 7:00 pm
Bent Hall, Room 277
Open to Public
May 3, 2014 1:00 pm

The Center for Global Development
Title VI Grant, Department of Education, US Government of St. John’s University, NY is pleased to announce that it First Annual Conference on:

Forced Labor Slavery/Sustainable Consumption

Saturday, May 3, 2014
1- 7 p.m.
Bent Hall, Room 277

The purpose of this conference is to educate the consumer about the persistence of forced labor in the chain of production of most of the goods consumed by the public worldwide. The Brazilians are increasingly becoming pro-active about this de-humanizing issue by trying to address it at its roots: in the chain of production (nas cadeias produtivas). We have much to learn from the successful efforts of the Brazilian people.

The presenters are:

Leonardo Sakamoto, Ph.D., currently professor of Journalism at Pontifical University of Sao Paulo, founder and editor of Reporter Brazil (online newspaper)

He has helped to develop Pacto Nacional pela Eradicacao do Trabalho Escravo (National Pact for the Eradication of Slave Labor) and Lista Suja (Dirty List) of the corporations, which use forced labor in the chain of production of their goods.

Xavier Plassat has been working with the Catholic Bishops of Brazil to implement Comissao Pastoral da Terra (Pastoral Commission for Land Reform). Through this Commission he has successfully created awareness of the uses of land, especially the land in which the native Brazilians have been living for generations.

Rogenir da Costa, a lawyer by education works for Catholic Relief Services, USA, in South America. She is based in Brazil, and leads and coordinates the re-habilitation of the freed individuals from the forced labor.

It is important that the rest of the world and the global community learn from their efforts so as to address the persistent issue of the forced labor slavery around the world. An educated consumer about the chain of production will enable a sustainable consumption, and help to free many enslaved laborers.

The audience for this conference is expected to be the students of St. John’s University, and the Brazilian Diaspora in New York and New Jersey. We anticipate an audience of 200.

St. John’s University, NY, has always taken a leading role to engage its students to be pro-active in addressing the problems of human exploitation.

St. John’s University, NY, is one of the largest Catholic universities in USA with almost 20,000 students from all over the USA, and from 49 other countries, including Brazil, and also representing almost all major religions of the world.

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