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Webinar: The Price of Life - Responding to the Global Black Market in Illicit Organs
Start Date: 6/17/2015Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Date: 6/17/2015End Time: 12:00 PM

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The Price of Life: Responding to the Global Black Market in Illicit Organs

Date: Wednesday, 17th June  2015
Time: 10:00 am- 12:00 pm EDT and 4:00-6:00 pm CET
Transplant lists grow longer year on year, and the percentage of successful matches made is in the single digits in most countries. While the purchase of organs is illegal almost everywhere in the world, organs are still procured through the growing illicit black market. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that traffickers illegally obtain 7,000 kidneys each year globally.
Criminal groups target the most vulnerable in society (the poor, the homeless, refugees and children); harvest their organs at a fraction of the cost of sale; and provide minimal subsequent care. Organ trafficking can also occur in addition to sex and/or labour trafficking as part of a multi-level equation of exploitation. As always, with the market forces at play and the demand being motivated by a life or death calculation, the question of how to manage the illicit trade is a major public health consideration. What is being done to address the trafficking of organs, and how can the private sector work in tandem with government, academia, and NGOs to combat this serious form of illicit trade? 
This webinar is the sixth and final in a series entitled “The Private Sector and the Future of Illicit Trade: Next Generation Human Trafficking and Smuggling Challenges” looking at emerging issues surrounding human trafficking and promising anti-trafficking initiatives from the private sector. This series is hosted by the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime and Babson College's Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery and through sponsorship by McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP.  Also supported by TraCCC, the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center at George Mason University.

Francis L. Delmonico, M.D., Executive Director, Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group; World Health Organization Advisory for Human Transplantation; Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital; and Medical Director, New England Organ Bank

Rudolf Garcia-Gallont, M.D., Transplant Programs, Guatemala Public Health System, Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group Executive Committee

Debra Budiani-Saberi, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director, Coalition for Organ-Failure Solutions (COFS)

Silke Albert, Crime Prevention Expert, Anti-Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Unit, UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Laura Gómez-Mera, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Miami (moderator)

To register for this discussion: 

Once you are approved by the host, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the session. 
To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link: 
We will be live-tweeting the meeting via the @GI_TOC account, with the hashtag: #GITrafficking.  
For more information:
Livia Wagner of the Global Initiative Secretariat:
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Contact Information:
Name: Christina Bain

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