As part of the ongoing work of the School of Community Health to address local and global issues at the intersection of health and law, Dr. Christopher Carey recently hosted a panel at the World Affairs Council to discuss the problem of commercial sexual exploitation of children and human trafficking in Portland and around the world.
The panel presentation was the lead in the summer series of World Affairs Council “Headline and Cultural Forum” events, and included a showing of the new documentary on human trafficking, “Not My Life”, which was shot in a dozen countries around the world.
Dr. Carey, a former Portland Deputy District Attorney, described the recent collaboration of the PSU School of Community Health and the United States Attorney’s Office, including the findings of a recent federally-funded study on the scope of trafficking in the Portland metropolitan area, and follow-on research planned for this year.
The research included important contributions from the Oregon State Department of Human Services Child Welfare office (DHS). Stacy Bellavia from DHS joined Dr. Carey on the panel, fielding questions from a Council audience of about one hundred, and linking the global themes of human trafficking survivors to those in metropolitan Portland.