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Program Coordinator Speaks at Interpol’s Global Trafficking Conference
Jacqui Linder, a Professor of Psychology and a Program Coordinator for the School of Arts and Sciences at the Edmonton campus, was recently a guest and keynote speaker at Interpol’s 2nd Global Trafficking in Human Beings Conference.
“I am nationally recognized as Canada’s leader in psychological profiling of victims of human trafficking,” Jacqui said. “An Interpol representative was present at a conference I spoke at three years ago. He was fascinated by my presentation and invited me to come and present at the event.”
The conference, which took place on November 14 and 15 in Lyon, France, is a response to a resolution adopted by Interpol’s General Assembly in 2000. The conference’s goal was to share best practices, information and intelligence in order to help combat human trafficking around the globe, and delegates included law enforcement, justice, and NGO representatives from member countries around the world. Presentations took place in four difference languages (English, French, Spanish and Arabic) and were simultaneously translated for all in attendance.
Jacqui is no stranger to speaking engagements, though this conference did represent a first for her.
“As a trauma specialist and founder of Canada’s national human trafficking distress line, I present across the country and teach at the Canadian Police College. However, Lyon was my first international speaking engagement! I received an invitation to present in Cairo, and would love to attend, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.
The conference was an amazing opportunity for Jacqui to meet with leaders in her field who share her passion for social justice, and we’re extremely excited to share her accomplishments with our readers!