Slavery in the 21st Century: What Role Do You Play?
Monday, March 14
11:00AM - 12:00PM
110 E 2nd St
Modern Slavery is big business. Consider your iPhone or wardrobe, ever wonder who was involved in the process of making them? Both elusive and resilient, modern slavery traverses a number of sectors and has emerged as the fastest growing illicit industry, generating an estimated $150 billion in profits each year. Between 21 and 36 million individuals worldwide are now considered to be “modern slaves.” How did we get here, and what is being done to help the millions affected? To advance progress, a collective and multifaceted effort has to be undertaken by the entire “Freedom Ecosystem” – what role do you play?
Free the Slaves
Maurice Middleberg is the Executive Director of Free the Slaves, a global leader in the fight to eradicate modern day slavery. The mission of Free the Slaves is to liberate slaves and change the co...Show the rest
Maurice Middleberg is the Executive Director of Free the Slaves, a global leader in the fight to eradicate modern day slavery. The mission of Free the Slaves is to liberate slaves and change the conditions that allow slavery to exist. Free the Slaves focuses its efforts on eradicating slavery in highly vulnerable communities in the countries where slavery is most prevalent. The work of Free the Slaves has led to the liberation of more than 10,000 people from slavery and building sustainable resistance to slavery in thousands of communities in Asia, Africa and South America. Mr. Middleberg has overall responsibility for supporting the dedicated staff of Free the Slaves in their efforts to eradicate slavery, as well as serving as the principal representative of the organization to diverse audiences.
Mr. Middleberg’s career spans more than 33 years of work in global health, social justice and international development. He has held senior and executive positions at CARE (Director, Health and Population), the Global Health Council (VP-Public Policy), EngenderHealth (Executive Vice President) and IntraHealth (VP-Global Policy), as well as working for the U.S. Agency for International Development. His professional experience has taken him to dozens of countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.Hide the rest
Anesa “Nes” Parker is Manager in the Public Sector Strategy Practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP. During her consulting tenure, Nes has led engagements for government, philanthropic and nonprofit cl...Show the rest
Anesa “Nes” Parker is Manager in the Public Sector Strategy Practice of Deloitte Consulting LLP. During her consulting tenure, Nes has led engagements for government, philanthropic and nonprofit clients related to innovation and strategy.
As a former GovLab Innovation Fellow, Nes is especially interested in how emerging technologies and problem-solving techniques can be applied to public sector organizations to make services better, faster, and cheaper.
She is passionate about issues that overwhelming impact women and girls, and leads Deloitte’s efforts to end modern day slavery.
Nes holds degrees from Columbia University and Vassar College, and resides in Washington, DC with her husband and their English Bulldog.Hide the rest