Ambassador Mark P. Lagon delivers the William V. O'Brien Lecture in International Law and Morality: Trafficking in Persons, which addresses U.S. activities and the global fight against modern-day slavery, including forced labor and sexual exploitation.
Mark P. Lagon is U.S. Ambassador-at-Large and director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP) and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State at the U.S. Department of State.
Ambassador Lagon has a Ph.D. from Georgetown University and a B.A. magna cum laude from Harvard University- Georgetown University
Mark P. Lagon
Mark P. Lagon is a Centennial Fellow and Distinguished Senior Scholar in the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University and is the former president of Freedom House. From 2007 to 2009, he served as ambassador-at-large, directing the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State. Lagon also served in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs at the U.S. Department of State as deputy assistant secretary. In this capacity, he had lead responsibility for United Nations-related human rights and humanitarian issues, UN reform, and outreach. Lagon also served as a member of the Secretary of State Colin Powell's policy planning staff, where he focused on the UN, democracy and human rights. Prior to that, was on the senior staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Ambassador-at-Large and Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Mark P. Lagon discusses the keys to understanding the dehumanizing crime of modern slavery, which include the definition of human trafficking, ways victims are coerced and controlled, and statistics of who is most at risk.
Ambassador-at-Large and Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Mark P. Lagon explains the T-Visa program, which was instituted to allow some victims of human trafficking to stay in the United States provided they cooperate with officials to testify against traffickers.
Ambassador-at-Large and Director of the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons Mark P. Lagon tells the story of "Sandro," who was trafficked from Mexico to San Diego and repeatedly abused and forced to work without pay.
He now has a T-Visa, and his case is under review by the FBI. Lagon calls for an increased effort to fight such exploitation.