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‘Slave Next Door’ Author Ron Soodalter Speaking at Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University

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Hudson Graduate Center at Rockland,
Long Island University

Orangeburg, N.Y. – Ron Soodalter, co-author of “The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today,” will speak at the Rockland Graduate Campus of Long Island University on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. The event is being hosted by the Counseling Honor Society of the Rockland Graduate Campus.

Described as “an informative call to action” by Publisher's Weekly, “The Slave Next Door" is a meticulously researched and compelling account of the problem of human trafficking and a plan of action for government, law enforcement and non-government organizations. The book spells out ways for ordinary citizens to do right by their fellow human beings. It offers a combination of case studies, interviews with government officials, trafficking activists, survivors of trafficking, and in some cases, the actual traffickers.

Soodalter will tell gripping human stories of victims who trusted their dreams to the wrong people and reveal the many faces of slavery in the United States. He will explain what is – and is not – being done on the federal, state, and local levels to free and support victims, and to apprehend and punish traffickers.

Soodalter, a highly experienced lecturer, teacher and historian, is known for his study of the 19th century slave trade, “Hanging Captain Gordon: The Life and Trial of an American Slave Trader” -- the story of the only man in American history to be executed for this horrific crime.

His presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period, and book signing.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 5 p.m. at the Rockland Graduate Campus, which is located at 70 Route 340, Orangeburg, N.Y. For further information about the presentation, please call Dr. Thomas Nardi at (845) 359-7200 Ext. 5429.

Posted 10/30/2009

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