Guest: Michele Garnett McKenzie is The Advocates for Human Rights’ director of advocacy, an organization based in Minneapolis, MN that has worked around the world for over 30 years with innovative programming that touches the lives of refugees and immigrants, women, ethnic and religious minorities, children, and other marginalized communities whose rights are at risk. http://www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org/ She is responsible for policy advocacy and building coalitions around issues including human trafficking, refugee and immigrant rights, and diaspora community engagement. In 2011, Ms. McKenzie successfully led their effort to pass groundbreaking legislation protecting sexually exploited youth in the State of Minnesota. She also directs the Discover Human Rights initiative to engage U.S.-based social justice organizations in the human rights movement. She serves on the national leadership team of the Immigration Advocates Network, is co-chair of the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault public policy committee, and on the advisory committee of Sarah's...An Oasis for Women, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet housing women in transition. Previously, she served as chair of the Minnesota State Bar Association's Human Rights Committee and the national steering committee of the Detention Watch Network. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
Michele discusses human trafficking – how wide spread it is, who is vulnerable, how we can stop it, and whether or not it will be addressed in immigration reform debates in Congress; what can go wrong when an immigrant woman becomes a domestic worker and how to protect them from sexual harassment, economic and physical abuse including horrible working conditions and enforced isolation; when children are sexually exploited; protecting sex workers; treatment of refugees.