We are pleased to inform you of a forthcoming presentation at PRB on Human Trafficking sponsored by the Healthy Youth Subgroup. This is a brown bag presentation to be held from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. The room is reserved until 2 pm. You may attend in person or by phone. Our speakers are Laura Cordisco Tsai and Michele Clark.

Speaker bios

Laura Cordisco Tsai is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at George Mason University, where she teaches courses on human trafficking, data analysis, and social work research.  Dr. Tsai’s research and practice experience pertains to human trafficking and gender-based violence, with a particular interest in economic empowerment interventions for people at risk for trafficking and survivors of human trafficking.  As a mixed-methods researcher, she integrates quantitative, qualitative, and participatory approaches in her research.  Dr. Tsai recently completed a financial diaries study with women who were trafficked into sex work in the Philippines and a randomized trial evaluating the impact of a microsavings intervention on the sexual risk behavior and economic security of women working in sex work in Mongolia.  She is currently launching two new program evaluations of economic empowerment programs for survivors of human trafficking in Bihar, India and Manila, Philippines.  She also serves as one of the founders of the Social Work integrative Research Lab (SWiRL) at George Mason, where she mentors undergraduate and graduate students about research pertaining to human trafficking.  She holds a BA from Brown University and MSSW and PhD degrees from Columbia University.

Michele Clark is an internationally recognized expert on combating trafficking in human beings with extensive policy and program experience on five continents.  She is currently the Executive Director of ArtWorks for Freedom, a nonprofit organization which uses the power of the arts to raise awareness and inspire action to combat human trafficking in all its forms.  Previously,  Ms. Clark served as the Director of the Anti-Trafficking Unit at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna, Austria, where she was responsible for assisting 56 member countries in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union to develop comprehensive anti-trafficking initiatives.  Before moving to Vienna, she was the Co-Director of the Protection Project at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, a human rights organization dedicated to eliminating human trafficking.  She is currently an adjunct professor at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, where she teaches courses on international human rights with a focus on women’s rights and human trafficking, including a popular online Human Trafficking course.  In 2011, she received the Morton A. Bender Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching.  In 2014, she was the editor of, and contributing author to “I Am Malala: A Resource Guide for Educators” based on the memoir by Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai.  She lives in Washington, DC.

Location and Transportation to PRB

Population Reference Bureau is located at 1875 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 520, Washington, D.C. 20009. Phone: 1-800-877-9881

It is impossible to find parking either on the street or in local garages near PRB because of construction on T Street.

The closest Metro station is Dupont Circle on the Red line followed by a 10-minute walk up Connecticut Avenue, or you can take the bus up Connecticut Avenue. The Number 42 and 43 buses run up and down Connecticut Avenue at frequent intervals. From Dupont Circle, buses traveling north stop on Connecticut Avenue just past Florida Avenue, N.W. in front of 1825 Connecticut. Walk up the street toward the Hilton Hotel to arrive at the 1875 Connecticut Avenue entrance to the building. The 42 bus going north can be caught just before Dupont Circle on the south side and just after Dupont at Q Street. Reverse for going south on bus 42.

To return to the metro, you can catch the bus going back to Dupont Circle on the opposite side of Connecticut Avenue across the street from 1825 Connecticut.  There are bus shelters on the street, so the exact location of these pick-up points is easy to identify. For a detailed description of the stops at various times, download the map and schedule at http://www.wmata.com/bus/timetables/dc/42.pdf?n

The easiest way to enter PRB is at the 1875 entrance (north entrance) of Connecticut Avenue, not the 1825 entrance (south entrance). Take the elevator directly to the 5th floor and stop at the receptionist’s desk as you enter PRB. She will allow you to pass through a glass door to the conference room after checking you in. Although the building is one large building, employees require Castle keys to go from one side of the building to the other. PRB requires information on the names of those who intend to attend the presentation in person.

Conference call-in information

The GoToMeeting program will be used for conference call-ins. Participants can either connect via PC, or they can also just call in and hear the audio. If anyone is calling in from overseas using this number, they will have to pay for whatever it costs them to call a US number, but all domestic callers can call in free-of-charge using the toll free number.

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.


You can also dial in using your phone.

United States : +1 (669) 224-3318
United States (Toll-free): 1 866 899 4679

Access Code: 216-975-461

You are encouraged bring your lunch. Coffee, tea, and dessert will be provided.
Please respond to Paula Hollerbach at phollerb@verizon.net, if you wish to attend in person or by phone.