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Forensic traumatologist and human trafficking expert Halleh Seddighzadeh, PhD, will share her knowledge with the Pace Community at a series of events on March 23–26 in NYC and PLV.

Halleh Seddighzadeh, PhDHuman trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking) and reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year. In the US, 50% of the people being trafficked right now are children.

Seidenberg, the Center for Community Action and Research (CCAR), Project Pericles, Office for Student Success, CHP, Student Affairs, and various other departments have teamed up to bring you Halleh Seddighzadeh, PhD, a forensic traumatologist and human trafficking expert, who will serve as the Periclean in Residence and share her knowledge and experience with the Pace Community.

Seddighzadeh is an international trauma expert, specializing in the psychological treatment of torture, specifically in survivors of human trafficking, war refugees, genocide, gender-based violence, and most recently survivors of cults and ecclesiastic abuse. She has worked extensively in refugee camps with survivors of trafficking in the Middle East, South Asia, and in acute/post-conflict zones with various international human rights NGOs doing disaster relief, resiliency and capacity building, psychological first aid, and investigative research.

She is the founder of ARMAN (Asylee Refugee Migrant Assistance Network) an International NGO that specializes in the treatment, research, and protection of survivors of torture and trafficking.

Her visit is part of a University-wide effort to bring important social justice themes to Pace students. She will be involved in a series of activities and events both in and out of the classroom on March 23–26 on both the NYC and Westchester campuses. Her partner is a cinematographer and will also be coming to Pace to document the entire experience. 

Among her class and lecture visits (which include courses in PA studies, women’s and gender studies, peace and justice studies, etc.), the following events are open to all students:

Monday, March 23 (NYC Campus)

Counter-Human Trafficking—Dispelling the Myths, Providing Justice, and Refuge for Victims
8:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. | Student Union
Seidenberg Professor Darren Hayes, DPS, will lead a breakfast event and panel discussion to dispel the myths about human trafficking, stop the victim blaming, and open up dialog about how we can prevent abuse and help the abused. Seddighzadeh will give the keynote address. Additional speakers include John Temple, attorney-in-charge of the Human Trafficking Program, New York County District Attorney’s Office; Marilyn Flood, New York County Lawyers’ Association representative to the United Nations; Kevin Cassidy, senior communications and external relations officer, International Labour Organization (a specialized agency for the UN); Bart Schwartz, chairman, Guidepost Solutions LLC; and others.

Human Trafficking:  What You Can Do to Help
12:45 p.m.–1:45 p.m. | Meeting Room A
Join Seddighzadeh for a workshop on what people can do to impact the issue of human trafficking. Sponsored by the Center for Community Action and Research, Project Pericles at Pace University, and the Division for Student Success.

The Dare Tactic Theatrical Performance: Lady Liberty and Debrief with Halleh Seddighzadeh
8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m. | Bianco Room
A theater company of creative cultivators dedicated to reshaping the modern day theatrical culture, The Dare Tactic will present Lady Liberty, a new work that focuses on violence against women and explores the role of policy, politics, and the media, written and directed by Giovanni Patrick, Larissa Jeanniton, Alli Green, and Jamie Saunders. The performance will be followed by a discussion with Seddighzadeh.

Tuesday, March 24 (NYC Campus)

Human Trafficking: A Dialogue and Short Film
6:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m. | Lecture Hall South
See Fields of Mudan, an award winning and 2006 Academy Award finalist short movie about a young girl forced into slavery. Following the film, join Seddighzadeh for a revealing discussion on human trafficking in the United States. Food will be available. Sponsored by the Center for Community Action and Research, Project Pericles at Pace University, and the Division for Student Success.

Product Development Project: Mapping Human Trafficking Kickoff Workshop
3:30 p.m. | Seidenberg Innovation Lab, 163 William Street, Room 1020
Want to learn design thinking, build your resume, and gain humanitarian experience? Find out how you can join a Pace team in designing a human trafficking crime map..

Wednesday, March 25 (Westchester Campus)

Human Trafficking: A CCAR Common Hour Convo
12:10 p.m.1:15 p.m. | Kessel Student Center Multipurpose Room 

Seddighzadeh will join the CCAR, OSS, MADP, Peace and Justice, and the Criminal Justice Society in a discussion with students, faculty, and staff. Lunch will be provided. Email for more information.

Bioethics Forum XXII: Health Implications of Human Trafficking Lecture and Panel
2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. | Lienhard Lecture Hall
Join Seddighzadeh and law enforcement officials as they discuss current measures used to identify sources and offset this type of violence. Specific countermeasures and training of investigators, prosecutors, and services providers to PTSD victims will be considered. Sponsored by Sigma XI, the Biology Department, and OSS. For more information and to RSVP, email

#EndTrafficking: Twitter Chat
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | Twitter
Log on to Twitter to join Seddighzadeh, the CCAR, and the Anti-Trafficking Independence Project for a live Q&A chat on the realities of human trafficking, the work being done across the US to end trafficking and support victims, and how students can get involved. Follow @CCARNYC or #EndTrafficking to join in!

Thursday, March 26 (Westchester Campus)

The Whistleblower and Discussion
12:10 p.m.–3:10 p.m. | Miller 38 

See The Whistleblower, a shocking film inspired by actual events, that tells the story of Kathy (played by Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz), an American police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up, and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk. Directed by Larysa Kondracki. Following the screening, Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs and LGBTQQ Coordinator Rachel Simon will lead a discussion with Seddighzadeh.

Follow #HallehAtPaceU all week!