Wednesday, November 8th


Failure to Protect: How to help survivors of sex trafficking

Sex trafficking can appear invisible if we don’t know where to look or what to look for. Many victims move through hotels and motels, emergency rooms, and transit hubs. Doctors, nurses, police officers, hotel operators—all of us—can do more to protect survivors. Join us for a discussion with journalists Bernice Yeung and Isabella Gomes and gender-based violence expert Holly Joshi, moderated by UC Berkeley African American Studies Professor Nikki Jones.

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Isabella Gomes is a public health journalist, infectious diseases epidemiologist, and medical student at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a former Pulitzer Center Reporting Fellow and grantee. The Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health magazine published her article, “Health Care Providers Are Missing Chances to Help Victims of Sex Trafficking”.

Nikki Jones is a professor and the H. Michael and Jeanne Williams Department Chair of African American Studies at UC Berkeley and the author of Between Good and Ghetto: African American Girls and Inner-City Violence and The Chosen Ones: Black Men and the Politics of Redemption. She conducted the federally-funded study “Experiences of Youth in the Sex Trade in the Bay Area.”

Holly Joshi is the director of the Center for Social Justice at Glide and a nationally recognized expert on gender-based violence prevention and intervention. She was the executive director of MISSSEY, a direct service organization that supports trafficked youth and served on then Attorney General Kamala Harris’ Task Force on Human Trafficking and Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Bernice Yeung is the managing editor of Berkeley Journalism’s Investigative Reporting Program and a former ProPublica reporter. Her first book, In a Day’s Work: The Fight to End Sexual Violence Against America’s Most Vulnerable Workers was honored with the PEN America/John Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. She recently published in The New Yorker, “Should Hotel Chains Be Held Liable for Human Trafficking?”


Co-sponsored by The Pulitzer Center and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism


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