Combatant of Human Trafficking to Deliver Convocation at Carleton College

Norma Ramos, venerable public interest attorney and social justice activist, will deliver the weekly Carleton College convocation on Friday, April 9 at 10:50 a.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel on the College campus.  Co-Executive Director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), Ramos combats human trafficking and sexual exploitation internationally. A fervent advocate for the protection of female victims across the globe, she writes and speaks extensively to inspire change through education and legislative action. In addition to passionate opposition of sexual exploitation, Ramos’ adheres to an eco-feminist perspective that links worldwide inequality and destruction of women to the destruction of the environment. Her presentation is titled, “Ending Human Trafficking in Our Lifetime.” This event is free and open to the public.

Now in its twenty-first year, the non-governmental organization CATW works internationally to eradicate sexual exploitation in all its forms, especially the trafficking and prostitution of women and young girls. Through its collaboration with national and international policy makers, the United Nations, and human rights advocates, the organization strives to protect women’s human rights through education and the implementation of new legal policies. This includes calling international attention to various forms of exploitation like sex tourism and pornography, using the school system to educate boys and girls on how to resist sexual injustices worldwide, and testifying before national congresses to draft new legislation against the commercial sex industry.

Ramos formerly worked as leader and member of Women Against Pornography, a feminist group based out of New York City that played an influential role in the anti-pornography movement of the 1970s and 1980s. She is a recipient of the Women’s Committee Award and the Flor de Magna Award, both from the Puerto Rican Bar Association. Recently, she received the Humanist Heroine Award 2009 from the American Humanist Association.

The Skinner Memorial Chapel is located on the Carleton College campus on First Street between College and Winona Streets in Northfield, Minnesota.  For more information regarding the convocation and disability accommodations, please contact the Carleton Office of College Relations at (507) 222-4309 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting       (507) 222-4309      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.



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