‘Think Global’ discussion addresses local and global impact of sex slavery

THINK GLOBAL: Sex Trafficking

April 4, 6 p.m., Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom [map]
FREE, open to the public

Around the world, and right here in Dallas-Fort Worth, countless women are forced, coerced or tricked into sexual servitude. A complex web of economic, social and political factors leave these women dependent on their traffickers and deprived of other options. Sometimes called sex trafficking, it’s modern-day slavery at its core.


krysboydKrys Boyd, moderator
Host and managing editor of Think, KERA

Boyd began her career along the U.S.-Mexico border, working simultaneously at radio and television stations as a reporter, anchor and news director. A graduate of TCU, Krys returned to North Texas in 1999 to serve as News Director for Broadcast.com, and later Senior Producer of Broadcast News at Yahoo. Boyd joined KERA in 2001. Read more.

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Dr. Vanessa Bouché, panelist
TCU Political Science

Bouché is a scholar-activist who is actively engaged in community efforts to combat human trafficking at the local, state and federal levels. She is the co-principal investigator on three federally-funded grants on human trafficking and her research has been published in the Journal of Politics, Journal of Public Policy and Politics & Gender. She earned her doctorate from Ohio State University and her teaching portfolio includes courses on American politics, women and politics, the politics and policy of human trafficking in the United States and American identity politics. Read more.

leila-asadi_photo-by-tony-rinaldo_500px_0Tayebeh (Leila) Asadi, panelist
Institute of International Education Rescue Scholar, Iran

Asadi is originally from Iran and is currently pursuing her doctorate at Arizona State University. She was an Institute of International Education-Scholar Rescue Fund fellow from October 2011 through May 2013, first at the University of Mary Washington and then at Harvard University. Previously an associate professor of international law at Payam-e-Noor University in Tehran, she is widely recognized for her research on and defense of the rights of women and children, particularly, but not exclusively, in Iran.

Melissa Ice theNETMelissa Ice, panelist
Founder and Executive Director of theNET, Fort Worth

The Net is a nonprofit organization in Fort Worth that exists to empower the city to restore dignity to those in poverty through community and relationships. The NET’s initiative, PURCHASED, exists to bring freedom, safety and hope to women and girls exploited by the sex industry in Fort Worth.

tcu think global sana syed panelistSana Syed, panelist
Founder and President of Kimiya International; Director, Public Information Office, City of Dallas

Sana Syed currently serves as director of the Public Information Office for the city of Dallas. She holds a BS in economics from the University of Texas at Arlington, an MS in journalism from the former Schieffer School of Journalism at TCU, and is currently working on her doctorate in urban planning and public policy at the University of Texas at Arlington. In addition to her work in public communication, she is the founder and president of Kimiya International (KI), an organization dedicated to supporting the work of global humanitarian efforts through documentaries, photographs and short stories. KI was featured on the CNN Freedom Project for its work on sex trafficking. Watch Syed’s interview here.

The THINK GLOBAL series is co-presented by Discovering Global Citizenship and the Bob Schieffer College of Communication, and offers ongoing opportunities to connect TCU with local and global leaders around urgent global topics. This is its second panel discussion. The previous event focused on the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Watch the video here.