by Martina Santia & Alona Gaiek*
On Friday, December 12, 2014 a group of graduate students from the University of Bridgeport, was provided with the opportunity to visit the Department of Public Information at the UN headquarters in New York City. Students from both, the M.A. in Global Development and Peace and the M.A. in Global Media and Communications at the College of Public and International Affairs, were privileged to attend briefings on Human Trafficking and developments in the Human Rights Council.
Ms. Malea Otranto, Global Citizenship Fellow at the US Fund for UNICEF, End Trafficking Program, provided an overview of Human Trafficking by focusing on its roots, challenges, and, preventive measures, including how to recognize a victim of human trafficking. The second briefing given by Mr. Sushil Raj, Human Rights Officer at The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) addressed Universal Periodic Review and other instruments of state accountability for human rights.
The Briefings were made possible by the United Nations Department of Public Information. The University of Bridgeport has DPI-NGO status at the United Nations, and is a member of the UN Academic Impact (UNAI).
The students were accompanied by Dr. Mohammed Al-Azdee, Assistant Professor of Mass Communications, at the College of Public and International Affairs, and Dr. Dave Benjamin, Chair of the M.A. in Global Development & Peace.
*Martina Santia is completing the B.A. in International Political Economy & Diplomacy and Alona Gaiek is a student in the M.A. in Global Communications and Media Studies at the College of Public & International Affairs.