Modern Slavery in Supply Chain - Hosted by the Legal and Supply Chain Committees

Benjamin Skinner, Expert on Modern-Day Slavery

Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre)

Date : October 05, 2016

Time : 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Price : $0.00

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Skinner will paint a contemporary picture of modern-day slavery across the globe, in particular discussing his reporting since publishing A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery. That reporting has largely focused on slavery in corporate supply chains, and resulted in changes in law, as well as shifts in sourcing strategies for multi-billion dollar corporations. The talk will be followed by an on-background question and answer session.

About Speaker

Benjamin Skinner is an award-winning author and journalist who has been studying the U.S. and global political economies, specializing in modern-day slavery. In researching his book, "A Crime So Monstrous: Face to Face with Modern-Day Slavery" (Free Press, 2008), he observed the negotiations for sale of human beings on four continents. His articles and investigations have appeared in such outlets as Time, Newsweek International, The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and on ABC's Nightline, where one of his book's chapters was adapted into an Emmy-award-winning episode, "How to Buy a Child in Ten Hours."

Skinner served on the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade. He has served as Special Assistant to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and as Research Associate for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Skinner frequently appears on national networks including ABC, CBS, CNN, C-Span, Fox, NBC, PBS, CNN, as well as international and local networks.

Skinner was on staff with the Schuster Institute as a Senior Fellow between 2009 and 2013. He is currently a Senior Vice President at Tau Investment Management.

Skinner first published his investigations into human trafficking and slavery in "A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery," a book the New York Times and Boston Globe called "devastating." The book was also published in the Czech Republic (Nakladatelství XYZ), Germany (Lübbe), Korea (NanJang), Italy (Einaudi), The Netherlands (Cossee), Poland (Znak), and the United Kingdom (Random House UK).

In the five years during which he researched "A Crime So Monstrous," which Kirkus Reviews called "investigative journalism of the first order, the kind that demands blood tribute," Skinner traveled the globe to tell the stories of modern-day slaves, survivors, traffickers, and abolitionists. Scholars estimate that today the total number of slaves is greater than at any point in history. To investigate that number, Skinner adopted a narrow definition of "slaves" as people who are forced to work, under threat of violence, for no pay beyond subsistence. Going undercover when necessary, Skinner infiltrated trafficking networks and slave quarries, urban child markets, and illegal brothels.

ABC's Nightline and NBC's Law & Order adapted chapters of the book into episodes. The book received praise and coverage in a wide variety of media outlets, including the Boston Globe, Foreign Policy, the International Herald-Tribune, Mother Jones, Ms., the New York Times, New York Daily News, Reader's Digest,, The Scotsman, The Washington Post, and several religious and political publications or websites with outlooks ranging across the political spectrum. Skinner has also contributed to several edited volumes, including:  "Crimes of War 2.0: What the Public Should Know, Revised and Expanded Edition," Roy Gutman, David Rieff and Anthony Dworkin, eds., (W.W. Norton, 2007), Censored 2009: The Top 25 Censored Stories of 2007-08, Roy Gutman, Peter Philips and Andrew Roth, eds., (Seven Stories Press, 2008).

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