Into the Light

Chinny Law at Clinton Global Initiative press briefing

KSU alum takes center stage to help expose human trafficking  

MTV Network President Stephen Friedman introduced KSU alumna Chinny Law as one the “inspirational student activists leading the charge” during a Sept. 22 Clinton Global Initiative press briefing to launch a year-long, international anti-human trafficking campaign.  

Law, who graduated from  Kennesaw State with a bachelor’s in political science in 2006 and a master’s in conflict management in 2008, also penned an article titled “Student Activism Can Help End the Modern-Day Slave Trade” in the Sept. 27 edition of The Huffington Post’s “Huff Post College” feature.   She is serving as a temporary instructor in KSU’s First-Year Programs department.

Appearing at the New York press event with Law were national and international activists and officials involved in combatting the problems of human trafficking and modern-day slavery.  They included Ambassador Luis CdeBaca of the U.S. State Department; Sophie Gasperment, executive chair of the Body Shop International; and Julia Ormond, actor and founder of the Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking. 

Law was selected to appear at the press briefing as a result of an interview she conducted with MTV last spring on Kennesaw State’s campus about her work with other KSU students and faculty to uncover a forced labor operation at a local restaurant.  MTV interviewed five students at KSU and selected Law to appear at the press event and discuss the project, her subsequent lobbying efforts before Congress and her support of area safe houses for trafficking victims. 

The youth-focused cable network created a campaign called “Against Our Will” to give students engaged in the issue at more than 300 colleges a “national megaphone” through its MTU college network.

Law said she began educating herself about the human trafficking issue after watching the movie “Taken,” in which a man rescues his daughter from a powerful, international sex trafficking ring.

“Much to my surprise,” Law writes in The Huffington Post, “I learned that trafficking was not only a global problem, but also a problem within the United States and even more so in my city of Atlanta.” 

As she continued to read and research, Law said she became motivated to get involved.

“After reading all of this, it was like the wind was knocked out of me,” she wrote.  “I decided that it was time to take action. It was time to do something about this horrific reality.”

As part of a senior research project, Law participated in the surveillance of a local restaurant and documented evidence of forced labor.  The students turned their research over to local Immigration Customs Enforcement officials, who are conducting a wider investigation of area restaurants.   

To view Law’s comments at the Clinton Initiative press briefing, please click on

http://www.livestream.com/cgi_press/video?clipId=pla_a87c28ec-e2ab-4dd2-b55b-aca304b7ca15&utm_source=lslibrary&utm_medium=ui-thumb

To read her article in the Huffington Post, please click on

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mtvu/student-activism-can-help_b_983377.html

-- Sabbaye McGriff