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Symposium on Human Trafficking

Anuradha Koirala
From left to right: Alain Labrique, Bishwo Khadka, Anuradha Koirala, Judith Bass, Elizabeth Letourneau, and Court Robinson

Anuradha Koirala Receives Speaker's Medal for Contributions to Global Health

Anuradha Koirala, the Founder and Director of Maiti Nepal, works tirelessly to help prevent and rehabilitate victims of sex trafficking. Her first endeavor was to set up a rehabilitation home providing a safe place for rescued women which blossomed into three prevention homes, nine transit homes, two hospices, and a high school. More than a thousand children are receiving direct services from Maiti Nepal every day. This feat was made possible in large part by Anuradha’s firm determination and leadership.

Koirala addressed the Bloomberg School in October to discuss her work and the victims her NGO supports. Afterwards, Assistant Professor Alain Labrique presented her with the Deptartment of International Health's inaugural Speaker's Medal for her contributions to global health. Labrique serves as a technical adviser to Maiti Nepal. He spearheaded a collaboration between JHU-GmI faculty and students and Maiti Nepal that led to the development of a novel digital system to improve anti-trafficking efforts in Nepal. This system, dubbed Trafficnet, aims to test new methods to improve the prevention of trafficking, enhance the interruption of trafficking in progress, and shorten the time needed for victim rehabilitation.

Faculty from the School also gave state-of-the-science briefings. Elizabeth Letourneau, director of the Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and associate professor from the Department of Mental Health, presented on child sexual abuse with a focus on child trafficking. Assistant Professor Judith Bass, also from the Department of Mental Health, discussed the intersection between mental health and human trafficking and the state of research. And Courtland Robinson, associate director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response and associate professor from the Department of International Health, presented on labor trafficking. 

The following Hopkins groups sponsored the event:

JHU Global mHealth Initiative
Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
Center for Refugee and Disaster Response
Center for Public Health and Human Rights
Department of International Health
Master’s of Public Health Program
JB Grant Global Health Society