McSilver Assistant Professor in Poverty Studies Robert Hawkins to Speak at the United Nations

Robert Hawkins, McSilver Assistant Professor in Poverty Studies, will speak at the annual Spring Seminar of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO). The topic of the spring seminar, to be held from April 12 - 14, is race and immigration. 

Hawkins' talk, titled "From Oppression to Oppression: Exploiting the Poor and Benefiting the Rest of Us," will address how human and sex trafficking victims are often drawn into exploitation because of poverty, yet the economic advantages of these illegal activities go to governments and corporations. His talk will be part of a panel discussion on April 13.

The UU-UNO has two missions: to engage in the work of the UN to advance a peaceful, just, sustainable, and pluralistic world community that promotes human rights, and to engage and inspire Unitarian Universalists and others to support and participate in this work. Attendees of the Spring Seminar include directors of UU-UNO congregations from the United States, Canada, and other countries, along with congregation youth.