Media Advisory: UCI Law to Host Human Trafficking and Child Marriage Forum


Irvine, Calif. (Sept. 11, 2019) -- The University of California, Irvine School of Law (UCI Law) along with the UCI Initiative to End Family Violence (IEFV) and Global Hope 365 will host a forum titled, "Human Trafficking and Child Marriage."

WHAT: The forum will focus on how human trafficking and child marriage deny autonomy and harm the physical, sexual, and emotional health of those who are and/or have been targeted. Scholars, experts, legislators, and public officials will share research findings, examples from their work and policy proposals for the way forward. These conversations and findings will provide the opportunity to exchange ideas for solutions and increase momentum for legislative change.

WHO: Speakers in attendance of the forum include Supervisor Doug Chaffee who serves as the Orange County Supervisor 4th District; Michelle Heater, Program Director, Victim Assistance Programs at Waymakers; Debbie Martis with the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce; Dr. Sandra Morgan, Vanguard University Global Center for Women and Justice; Rima Nashashibi, Founder of Global Hope 365; Chief David Nisleit with the San Diego Police Department; Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, 74th Assembly District; Dr. Jodi Quas, Professor of Psychological Science at the UCI School of Social Ecology; Sergeant Juan Reveles with the Anaheim Police Department; Dr. Corey Rood, Child Abuse Pediatrician with the Department of Pediatrics at UC Irvine; Jane Stoever, Director of IEFV and Professor at UCI Law; and Dr. Mellissa Withers, Associate Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019            
Light lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.            
Event: 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: UCI Law, Room EDU 1111 (map and directions)

MORE: The mission of the UCI Initiative to End Family Violence is to be the premier site for research, education, clinical care, and community collaboration on family violence prevention and intervention. For more information about the forum, including speaker biographies and the event hosts, please click here.  

REGISTRATION: Registration costs $10 and includes lunch - to register to attend the event, please click here. The event is free for all UCI students. 

PARKING: Parking in the  Social Science Parking Structure is $10. To request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact:

MEDIA: Media interested in attending must RSVP with:

Mojgan Sherkat
Media Relations Specialist