USD Hosts Symposium on Human Trafficking

Anna Kosloski, a University of Colorado-Colorado Springs professor and national expert on human trafficking will be speaking at USD April 12.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Sponsored by the University of South Dakota Criminal Justice and International Studies programs, “Human Cargo: Trafficking in the 21st Century,” will explore the topic of human trafficking at the local, state, national and international levels via events and featured speakers throughout April.

The program begins with a lecture at 6 p.m. in Farber Hall, April 12, by Anna Kosloski, a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs professor and national expert on human trafficking.

On Wednesday, April 19, at 6 p.m. in Farber Hall, Kevin Koliner, Assistant U.S. Attorney, and James Legg, S.D. Department of Criminal Investigations and Fusion Center, will deliver a presentation titled “Close to Home: Sex Trafficking in South Dakota,” and discuss the state and local implications of human trafficking.

To conclude the series on April 26 at 6 p.m. in Patterson 121, representatives of Yazda, a global Yazidi organization, will watch a screening of the Frontline documentary “Escaping ISIS” and discuss forced marriage and sexual slavery under the Islamic State. This event is sponsored by Amnesty International.

Information and resources will be available at each event, including counseling and support options for victims of domestic violence.

For more information, contact Bridget Diamond-Welch or Timothy Schorn.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News