The Johnson School of Business at Hodges University will host an international delegation on Wednesday, August 17 as part of a multi-regional project dealing with human trafficking. The visitors are invited to the United States under the auspices of the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. The Council for International Visitors in Collier County (CIVIC) and the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the delegations visit to Lee and Collier counties.
Among the objectives of the Program will be to explore U.S. and worldwide policy initiatives to prevent trafficking and to rescue, rehabilitate, and reintegrate victims of trafficking as well as an examination of best practices and cooperative efforts by law enforcement, prosecution and media/public outreach specialists. The delegation will analyze the root causes of trafficking and the crucial policies and practices needed to prevent its proliferation.
While in the area, the delegation will hear from the Collier County Sheriff's Office Human Trafficking Unit which investigates reports of human trafficking in the Collier County. A panel discussion will follow with guests from the local Catholic Charities office, the Shelter for Abused Women and the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking, and will be followed by a dinner at Hodges University and a featured lecture by Dr. Aysegul Timur discussing Islamic women of the southwestern region of Florida. Dr. Timur chairs both the Public and Business Administration Programs at Hodges and was recently honored with a best presenter award at the recent Global Business & Economics Research Conference in Istanbul, Turkey.
The group will conclude their visit on August 18 with a tour of the Pace Center for Girls and the Guadalupe Center in Immokalee. The delegation is comprised of participants from Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Mozambique, Nepal and Tunisia, and will spend a total of three weeks in the United States.