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Government Relations Expert Will Discuss "Human Trafficking"

10/22/2008 —

Penn State Lehigh Valley continues its 2008 Faculty Lecture Series with Jonathan Imbody, who will present a talk on "Human Trafficking: Abolishing Modern-Day Slavery" at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19 in room 124 A&B at the Fogelsville campus. 

Jonathan currently serves as Vice President for Government Relations for the Christian Medical Association (CMA) and directs the organization's Washington Office. As CMA's liaison with the federal government, he meets regularly with leaders in the White House and the U.S. legislature on health-related ethical issues including human trafficking, civil rights in healthcare, ethical issues at the beginning and end of life, bioethics, the role of faith in health, international health and HIV/AIDS. His on-site research on euthanasia in the Netherlands formed the basis for the No Mercy video and his presentation at an international conference in The Hague. Jonathan's commentaries on these subjects have appeared in USA Today, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and many other national publications.

On the issue of human trafficking, Jonathan has worked extensively with the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Global AIDS Coordinator, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. U.S. Ambassador Mark Lagon, who heads the State Department’s anti-human trafficking program, recently thanked Imbody for what Ambassador Lagon described as his "assiduous efforts to integrate the discussion of health and human trafficking." After several years of his lobbying the State Department and the White House to examine the health implications of human trafficking, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in September 2008 held the first-ever national symposium on health and human trafficking.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the University Relations Office at 610-285-5067.

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