Image by Steven Cavallo, Hope and Memory, 2011

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 5:30-7:30 PM


To discuss human trafficking in sync with exhibit Of Human Bondage at the Anya and Andrew Shiva gallery


Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery

John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

860 West 11TH Avenue New York, NY 10019


The distinguished panelists include:


Thalia Vrachopoulos

Dr. Thalia Vrachopoulos has been teaching at John Jay College, and writing about art as well as curating exhibits throughout the world for the past 25 years. She has contributed essays and reviews in Sculpture, AD Journal, Art in Culture, Wolganmisool, and Plus-Minus-Zero. Dr. Vrachopoulos is a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Korean Art and has curated two international art biennials among many other seminal global exhibitions.

Guest Speakers:

George Andreopoulos

George Andreopoulos is Professor of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, and the CUNY Graduate School and University Center. He is also the Founding Director of the Center for International Human Rights. Professor Andreopoulos studied history, law, and international relations at the Universities of Chicago and Cambridge. His publications include Non-State Actors in the Human Rights Universe (with Zehra Arat and Peter Juviler, Kumarian Press); Concepts and Strategies in International Human Rights (ed.) (Peter Lang); The Laws of War: Constraints on Warfare in the Western World (with Sir Michael Howard and Mark Shulman, Yale University Press); and Human Rights Education for the Twenty-First Century (with Richard Pierre Claude, University of Pennsylvania Press

Steven Cavallo

Steven Cavallo is an artist who graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 1979 and has exhibited widely throughout the United States and in Korea. Since 2007 he has been actively working with former sex slaves from WWII known as Comfort Women to depict their plight. Cavallo’s work has been exhibited at the Eunnam Museum in Gwangju South Korea, and he is on the committee working on the first Comfort Women Museum at the Kupferberg Holocaust Center in Bayside

Aiyoung Choi

Aiyoung Choi is passionate about human rights, equality, and justice. For over 45 years she has worked to improve the lives of men and women in under-resourced areas of New York City by providing mediation services, job training, counseling and employment opportunities, and encouraging greater civic participation to be more involved in electing the public officials who determine the laws and policies that affect our lives. In 1992 she became more aware of the prevalence of domestic violence in our communities and embarked on a journey to educate and raise awareness about DV and the services available to survivors. Since then, her commitment to end violence against women both here and around the world has grown, and today she is one of “New York’s New Abolitionists” to end trafficking and exploitation of women; volunteers at the international Coalition Against Trafficking in Women; and recently co-authored a petition on to press the Japanese Government to acknowledge its wartime brutalies against the “comfort women” of WW II and cease denying their role in this criminal history. Aiyoung is Board Chair Emerita and current board member of the Korean American Family Service Center, and former board member of The New York Women’s Foundation, Union Theological Seminary in New York, and Manhattan Country School. She is also a founding board member of the Asian Women Giving Circle, serves on the board of Jezebel Film Productions, and is an advisor to the Korean American Community Foundation, NetKAL, and White Wave Dance Company, among others. She is a mentor to many younger women, and since retiring from public service in 1997, has devoted her life to helping nonprofit organizations in New York City improve their structure, policies, and practices to better serve their communities.

Lori Cohen, Esq.

Lori Cohen is Director of the Anti-Trafficking Initiative at Sanctuary for Families, Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services in New York, where she represents immigrant and domestic victims of human trafficking and conducts training sessions for law enforcement, legal and health care professionals, social service providers and community based organizations.  Ms. Cohen has testified on trafficking in both the US and Mexico. In 2013, she chaired:  “We Were Slaves: The Jewish Community Unites Against Sex Trafficking,” held at UJA-Federation New and presented on the conference outcome to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.  Cohen’s work on behalf of trafficking victims has been reported widely in the media, most recently in Newsweek Magazine’s February 13, 2015 cover story, “Sex Slaves in America.”   Ms. Cohen is a graduate of Yale Law School.

Kate D’Adamo

Kate D’Adamo is a National Policy Advocate at the Sex Workers Project and a Community Organizer with the Sex Workers Outreach Project and Sex Workers Action New York (SWOP-NYC & SWANK). As a Community Organizer she developed programming and advocacy to support the lives of people in the sex trade who were involved through the spectrum of choice, circumstance and coercion. Her graduate work looked at the relationship between popular conceptions of human trafficking in media, trafficking-related policy, and enforcement of the law. Prior to this, she has also worked on issues of exploitation and economic justice at the International Commission for Labor Rights, Global Workers Justice Alliance, and the Open Society Institute.

Sana Musasama

Sana Musasama is an adjunct Professor at Hunter College (CUNY), John Jay College(CUNY), and New Jersey City University. The past 8 years she has traveled to Cambodia to work with girls who were once trapped in the commercial sex industry as an artist and educator. She has taught sustainable crafts as a vehicle to fight poverty “too often in this part of the world Entering a brothel is a common way to make a living.” She works with girls who did not make this choice, they were tricked, lured, drugged , stolen or sold into the industry. She has worked with Agape, AFESIP, Daughters and Gems in New York City. “As an artist women, educator, ambassador, I wanted and am a part of their healing process. I have taught the girls all the crafts I know, They have in exchanged taught that there is Life after death. Their stories are our stories.”

Chitra Ravaghan

Chitra Raghavan obtained her doctorate in Clinical and Community Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and furthered her postdoctorate training at Yale University. She is a professor of psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, where she pursues an interdisciplinary research agenda on intimate partner violence, rape, and sex trafficking. Trained as a clinical and community psychologist, the broader context of gender, culture, and power always informs her work. She is currently working on multiple projects examining sexual coercion, coercive control, and trauma in both partner violence and sex trafficking contexts. She has over thirty articles published two edited books, Raghavan, C. & Levine, J. (Eds.). (2012). Self-Determination and Women’s Rights in the Muslim World. HBI Series on Gender, Culture Religion, and Law. Boston: Brandeis University Press and Raghavan C. & Cohen, S.J. (Eds.) (2013). Domestic Violence: Methodologies in Dialogue. Northeastern Series on Gender, Crime, and Law, Northeastern University Press. She is an expert witness for partner violence and sex trafficking issues, a practicing therapist and clinically, she is interested in feminist approaches to managing trauma. Chitra also sings in an indie opera company and and believes that the arts is one of the most effective ways to communicate and raise awareness about abuse.

Event is free and open to the public

Images from Panel Discussion-Thank you all for coming:

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Images by ML

Images by ML

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