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Under-Told Stories Events

SOLD: Human Trafficking in Minnesota and Beyond

The Twin Cities metropolitan area is one of the 15 largest human trafficking centers in the nation, according to the Justice Department. It’s likely that everyone who buys inexpensive/imported goods, frequents hotels and restaurants, or patronizes businesses with “closed doors” and publications with “adult pages” has benefitted from the labor of trafficked human beings.

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is hosting a conversation on this important issue. On the international level, Fred De Sam Lazaro has produced stories of child laborers and other victims that have aired on the PBS NewsHour. On the local level, Saint Mary’s Police Science and Public Safety Administration graduates work throughout the state.

Join us for an in-depth look at:

  • global aspects of trafficking;
  • human rights, especially women’s and children’s issues;
  • impact on rural and urban Minnesota;
  • how to talk about the issue; and
  • initiatives underway to combat trafficking

Twin Cities


Date: November 12, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Date: November 13, 7:00- 8:30 p.m.

Location: University Center
Saint Mary's University, Twin Cities Campus
2540 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Location: Performing Arts Center
Saint Mary's University, Winona Campus
700 Terrace Heights, Winona MN 55987

Cost: Free

Cost: Free


Note: The Performing Arts Center
is now full. Overflow seating is
in the Toner Lounge.


Register for this event

NOTE: For the Winona Event - The theater is filled. Overflow seating is in the Toner Lounge. Please join us there.


Fred de Sam Lazaro - Senior Distinguished Fellow at the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership, director of the Under-Told Stories Project at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and a correspondent for PBS NewsHour.


Semhar Araia, Executive Director of the Diaspora African Women's Network (Twin Cities event only)
Dennis Cusick, Executive Director, Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute
Sister Marlys Jax, Sisters of Saint Francis at Assisi Heights (Winona event only)
Michele Garnett McKenzie, director of advocacy for The Advocates for Human Rights
Grant Snyder, Sargeant, Minneapolis Police Department

This event is made possible by the Under-Told Stories Project as seen on the PBS NewsHour, and sponsored by the Hendrickson Institute for Ethical Leadership at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.