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Renewal Forum director speaks at Dordt College about human trafficking the U.S.

April 5, 2012

Ian Kitterman, director of policy and programs at the Renewal Forum, will present a talk titled “250,000 U.S. Children Trafficked for Sex…and that’s just the beginning of our problems” on Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Dordt College Campus Center room CA319.

Kitterman will focus on the nature of human trafficking in the United States and what can be done to respond to that problem. In his talk, he will describe how the social environment in America is conducive to child exploitation, how the resulting problems are not being handled, and how victims can carry these same problems into adulthood. 

In addition, Kitterman will talk about his work with the Renewal Forum, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the abolition of human trafficking in the United States. This group seeks change by working alongside legislatures to improve written laws while thinking creatively about how to implement these laws and find victims. The Renewal Forum has also developed a “continuum of response” model that it has launched in Kansas City to make that city a community that properly responds to the commercial sexual exploitation of juveniles.

Kitterman has been involved in the issue of human trafficking since 2005 after serving in an internship at the Protection Project. A graduate of Georgetown Law, Kitterman’s roles as director of policy and programs include working with state legislators and advocates to improve human trafficking laws and responses. Prior to his work with Renewal Forum, he spent a year and a half working with the International Justice Mission in South Asia and Kenya. There he worked on issues of structural transformation and helped local advocates pursue cases against sex traffickers and abusers of children.

Students who are planning to attend the Social Work Club’s pancake dinner in the Grille Area are especially encouraged to come upstairs afterward. The event is free and open to all. To learn more, please contact Criminal Justice Professor Donald Roth at

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