Office of Learning Abroad

2012 Global Engagement/Women's & Gender Studies Conference:

Human Trafficking: People, Places, & Voices

Keynote Biography- Anuradha Koirala

Anuradha Koirala

Anuradha Koirala is the founder and executive director of Maiti Nepal, an organization that helps victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, child prostitution, and other forms of exploitation. 

Koirala began her crusade after leaving a physically abusive relationship in which she had been battered and suffered three miscarriages. Without anyone to turn to and a monthly salary of only $100, she started a small retail shop, which she used to employ and support displaced victims of sex trafficking and domestic abuse. She organized Maiti Nepal in the early 1990s after noticing an increased need for help for the victims of gender-related violence.

Through Maiti Nepal, Koirala and her staff rescue and rehabilitate victims, provide them with a home (Maiti, roughly translated, means "Mother's Home"), administer medical and psychological care, and offer free legal counsel and defense. For many of the girls the organization helps, Maiti Nepal becomes a permanent home.

Koirala has become a widely recognized activist and has received numerous awards for her work, including the prestigious CNN Hero of the Year award for 2010.


Social activities and excursions to nearby national parks are being planned, and will be announced soon.


Call for Presentations

The Southern Utah University Global Engagement Center and Women’s and Gender Studies program are pleased to announce the call for papers for the 2nd annual Global Engagement Academic Conference, held jointly with the 1st annual Women’s and Gender Studies Academic Conference.  This year’s conference will be held April 12-13, 2012, on the SUU campus in Cedar City, Utah.

The title of this year’s conference is Human Trafficking: People, Places, & Voices. Anuradha Koirala, founder of Maiti Nepal and 2010 CNN Hero of the Year, is the confirmed keynote. Andrew Levine, director and producer of The Day My God Died, will also be presenting.

The conference will focus on different dimensions and aspects of human trafficking, with presentations chronicling a variety of issues associated with the practice.  Academics, activists, artists, and undergraduate and graduate students alike are encouraged to submit presentations which highlight human trafficking in areas that include, but are not limited to:

  • Child trafficking
  • Sex trafficking
  • Modern-day slavery
  • Trafficking in developing countries
  • Trafficking in developed countries
  • Global extent of human trafficking
  • Anti-trafficking measures
  • Symbols and metaphors of human trafficking

At the conference, presenters and participants will engage in discussions and activities that will afford them the opportunity to gain a broader knowledge of human trafficking.  Selected presentations will cover a wide range of topics, in order to provide participants with a comprehensive awareness of the issue.  Presentations may take one of five forms:

  • Panel presentation (three 10-minute presentations + 15 minutes of Q&A per panel)
  • Paper presentation (30 minutes + 15 minutes of Q&A)
  • Poster presentation (4 hours)
  • Artistic or other creative presentation
  • Other (ex. Facilitated discussion, workshop, video presentation, etc.)