The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally, including 5.5 million children. 55 percent are women and girls. At the end of 2012, more than 45.2 million people were in situations of displacement compared to 42.5 million at the end of 2011. In fact, more people are refugees or internally displaced than at any time since 1994.
USF For Freedom 2015 symposium presented the Jesuit values and practices of accompaniment, service and advocacy in relation to Bay Area nonprofits serving victims of forced migration and modern slavery. We heard from Ms. Mitzi Schroeder, Policy Director of Jesuit Refugee Service, David Batstone, President and Co-founder of Not For Sale, Minouche Kandel, Women’s Policy Director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women, as well as other Bay Area nonprofits as they shared their experience accompanying and advocating for the underrepresented.
The event was held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 (9:00am – 3:00pm) at the University of San Francisco's USF Downtown Campus, Room 150, 101 Howard Street, San Francisco. This event was sponsored by the Jesuit Foundation Grant.
View the videos from USF For Freedom 2015 below:
Opening Remarks by Dr. Marco Tavanti
Welcome Address by Dr. Richard Callahan
Welcome Address by Father Paul Fitzgerald
Remarks by Professor David Batstone
Keynote Address by Mitzi Schroeder
Panel Remarks by Professor Bill Hing and Mark Wexler
Keynote Address by Minouche Kandel
Panel Remarks by Lisa J. Blanchard, Adriana Fruechtl, Jane Pak,
Mitzi Schroeder is the Director for Policy for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, and is responsible for policy development and advocacy for the organization.Mitzi joined Jesuit Refugee Service/USA as Director for Policy in 2003. Currently she is chair of the Protection Committee of Refugee Council USA, co-chair of the Humanitarian Partnerships WG of InterAction, and co-chair of the UNHCR-NGO Urban Refugees Task Team. From 1984 to 2003 she worked for the International Catholic Migration Commission, most recently as director of their U.S. offices in Washington, D.C., where she supervised ICMC's U.S. funded projects in Thailand and Vietnam, Turkey, Pakistan, Croatia and New York City. She has served as deputy chair of Refugee Council USA and as a member of the Executive Committee of InterAction, the U.S. Council for Voluntary International Action. She began her career at Migration and Refugee Service, U.S. Catholic Conference, where she was responsible for the development and support of international programming. Since joining JRS/USA, Mitzi has engaged in a wide range of advocacy initiatives in support of the refugees served by JRS countries including the Montagnards in Cambodia, the Burmese in Thailand and Malaysia,Sudanese returnees, Sri Lankan refugees and IDPs, the Bhutanese in Nepal and Iraqis and Syrians in theMiddle East. She also is recognized as an expert on urban refugee policy, an area in which JRS is a leading program implementing agency. Mitzi received her undergraduate degree in political science from Williams College, and her Masters of Art and Masters of Art in Law and Diplomacy degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, with specialties in international law, Asian studies, and the impact of cultural values on the conduct of foreign relations.
Minouche Kandel is the Women’s Policy Director at the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women (DOSW), where she helps to coordinate San Francisco’s response to domestic violence and human trafficking. Minouche staffs the San Francisco Mayor’s Task Force on Anti-Human Trafficking and the Family Violence Council. She helps craft domestic violence policies for San Francisco city departments, and develops trainings on domestic violence for city agency staff. Prior to working at DOSW, Minouche worked for fifteen years as a staff attorney in the San Francisco office of Bay Area Legal Aid, a legal services agency providing free legal assistance to low income persons in the Bay Area. Minouche represented domestic violence survivors in family law in the trial court and the court of appeal. Minouche has also assisted domestic violence survivors with immigration, public benefits, public housing, and other legal issues. She has been working in the area of domestic violence for over twenty years, and has particular expertise in family law, and the intersection of welfare and domestic violence. She has been involved in creating local and statewide protocols on the treatment of abuse survivors in the CalWORKs system, California’s TANF program. She has done extensive community education and training on domestic violence for lawyers, probation officers, family court services staff, court staff; welfare workers; public health workers; and children's advocates. Minouche is a Certified Family Law Specialist, and a member of the Family Law Executive Committee of the State Bar of California. She has been published in Clearinghouse Review, Ms., Discover, and the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism. Minouche is a recipient of the 2008 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (Public Interest Law category), 2009 Legal Aid Association of California’s Family Law Award for Direct Representation, the Daily Journal’s 2009 Top 100 Lawyers in California, the 2012 San Francisco District Attorney’s Women’s History Month Honoree, and the 2012 Tanya Neiman Award from the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium. Minouche got her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.
Mark found his vocational direction while working on the streets of Durban, South Africa with street children. He returned to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006 to co-found Not For Sale. Wexler manages Not For Sale's senior staff, operationalizes strategic relationships with partner institutions, and along with Batstone provides overall organizational direction. He also is a co-founder and senior partner in Just Business, which specializes in social enterprise incubation, investment, and consultation.
Throughout his career, Professor Bill Ong Hing pursued social justice through a combination of community work, litigation, and scholarship. He is the author of numerous academic and practice-oriented publications on immigration policy and race relations, including Ethical Borders—NAFTA, Globalization, and Mexican Migration(Temple University Press, 2010), Deporting Our Souls-Morality, Values, and Immigration Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2006), Defining America Through Immigration Policy (Temple University Press, 2004), andMaking and Remaking Asian America Through Immigration Policy (Stanford University Press, 1993). His book To Be An American: Cultural Pluralism and the Rhetoric of Assimilation (NYU Press, 1997) received the award for Outstanding Academic Book by the librarians' journal Choice. At UC Davis, Hing directed the law school clinical program. He was also co-counsel in the precedent-setting U.S. Supreme Court asylum case, INS v. Cardoza-Fonseca (1987). Hing is the founder of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco and continues to volunteer as general counsel for this organization. He serves on the National Advisory Council of the Asian American Justice Center in Washington, D.C.
Adriana Fruechtl is the director of education and outreach for Break Free Education, a division of 3Strands Global. As director, Adriana leads a growing team of educators focused on expanding human trafficking education and prevention initiatives in high schools, colleges, communities, corporations, non-profit and faith-based organizations across the U.S.
Prior to joining the organization, Adriana collaborated with Glass Slipper, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving at-risk women and girls through enrichment programs and activities. She worked to expand Glass Slipper’s preventative programs as their community relation’s contact. She also earned her Peer Counseling Training Certificate through WEAVE and interned with Foster Youth Services at Sac City Unified School District.
As founder, Lisa J. Blanchard has been the guiding force and visionary of The Grateful Garment Project. Lisa’s unique combination of experience in non-profit, customer service, law, and management produces the creative and conceptual leadership required to bring The Grateful Garment Project to the State of California and beyond. She has dedicated significant amounts of time to working with people not only professionally, but also in a volunteer capacity. Lisa holds an AS in Business, a BS in Human Services and a Masters in Non Profit Administration . It is her vision that no victim of sexual assault ever experience further suffering due to lack of resources.
Jane joined Refugee Transitions in August 2012 as the agency’s Director of Strategy and Development. Refugee Transitions is a community-based nonprofit agency serving high-need, low-income refugee and immigrant newcomers from over 50 countries. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Refugee Transitions provides education, family engagement, and community leadership programs that help newcomers become self-sufficient and successful in their new communities. Jane’s interest in working with refugees began in 2003 when she traveled to South Korea to research and gain access to data and materials on North Korean education. It was through this effort that she became deeply immersed in the plight of North Korean refugees and related issues. Throughout her career, Jane has worked to enhance educational access and quality, and to improve circumstances for children and families by coupling her business, analytical, and strategic planning background with her passion for education and international issues. Prior to joining Refugee Transitions, Jane served in several roles, including Director of Resource Development for WestEd’s Center for Child and Family Studies, Business Development Officer at the Canadian Consulate, among others. She is a board member at Village Education Project Kilimanjaro (U.S.). Jane holds a BMATH from the University of Waterloo in Canada, a MBA from Clarkson University, and a MA in International Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University. Most recently, Jane completed the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.
Marco Tavanti is co-founder of the World Engagement Institute (WEI), an international NGO dedicated to anti-human trafficking capacity trainings. He is the author of the Combatting Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) training certificate program offered to public agencies, nongovernmental organizations and other stakeholders in transitional countries and development regions. He is also Professor and Director of Nonprofit Administration at University of San Francisco’s School of Management. In addition, Marco is also President of SCI-institute, a EU based NGO dedicated to sustainable capacity development trainings in collaboration with WEI and academic institutions worldwide. He has directed programs in refugee service management collaboration with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), and directs the Academic Global Immersion (AGI) in Rome in collaboration with Jesuit Refugee Service international (JRS), national nonprofits like Centro Astalli (JRS-Italy ONLUS), the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), and specialized agencies of the United Nations (FAO, WFP, IFAD).
Professor Richard Callahan is a highly active educator and researcher focused on leadership behaviors that are effective in complex, demanding, and dynamic environments. An invaluable member of the USF community, Dr. Callahan is Chair of the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration, Director of the Master of Public Administration program, and he serves as the Faculty Representative to the USF Board of Trustees. Having designed and delivered more than 15 leadership programs internationally, statewide, and regionally, Callahan has been awarded a $22,000 grant from the Sierra Health Foundation to serve as Co-Director for the Foundation's upcoming Leadership program with Dr. Kenneth Kizer, Director of the Center for Population Health at UC Davis. His current research studies effective leadership practices in developing strategies to address challenging social issues in health access, fiscal sustainability, and governance, and will play an integral role in the creation of the program for Sierra Health. In addition to an extensive body of research, Dr. Callahan brings a wealth of professional experience, having served for five years on staff for County Supervisor Ed Edelman in Los Angeles County, California, five years as township administration in New Jersey, and two years as the Chief Administrative Officer for a nonprofit in Santa Cruz, California. Professor Callahan's teaching draws on his professional experience working and consulting in the public sector, for nonprofits and government bodies, as well as in Turkey and Mexico, and from more than a decade teaching at the University of Southern California. His appreciation of the Jesuit mission and commitment to social justice began with his undergraduate studies at Georgetown University. Callahan's dedication to leadership extends beyond his professional achievements, having twice been titled California’s State Judo Champion and competing on the international Judo circuit as well.